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Addis police gets call girls off streets

As Addis hosts the celebration of 50th Anniversary of the African Union, the image-conscious Ethiopian officials are trying to get call girls off the streets. Witnesses said police have started rounding up all the street girls they could find in areas such Chechnya, Haya Hulet, Kazanchis, Bole. Owners of bars in those areas were told yesterday not to let bar girls leave the establishments. A police team was set up to address vice-related crimes, especially to arrest girls working on street corners.The government carries out such crackdown campaigns against prostitution when high profile meetings take place. Stricter laws are one way to clean up the crime, but it takes more than that to change the image and really turn this area around, said an observer. “It seems this is a futile effort as those women will simply contact pimps and delalas (brokers) to look for clients,” a bar owner in Kazanchis area said.
In Ethiopia, prostitution itself (exchanging sex for money) is not illegal, but the surrounding activities (operating brothels, pimpimg, soliciting sex etc) are illegal. Authorities often turn a blind eye to these activities, ensuring a roaring trade. Women at Risk, a not-for-profit organization based in Addis Ababa estimates that there are 150,000 prostitutes in the capital.
Some say the summit will only give a spurt to the already booming sex industry in Ethiopia which demeans the international image of Ethiopian women.The crackdown for the AU summit includes homeless and jobless people, shoeshine boys who are seen as potential troublemakers.

  1. tazabi
    May 29, 2013 at 2:29 pm

    why are they doing only now? why donot they disallow street girls entirely from the city? They should designate an area where you can find brothels -like the red like district – something like that. But the street girls here in addis start coming out as early as 6.00 or 7.00 pm – all little schoola children are returning from school at that time- they would look at them and think that it is normal to do that. We are setting a very bad example for our children. Bad for the image of the city, the country and the people as well. It is quite obvious. Prostitution in ethiopia is too complicated – I am not suggesting that it should be entirely banned – it is impossible. But it has to be controlled and monitored. It should not be obviously visible in our street corners!!!

  2. June 3, 2013 at 4:29 pm

    Lol. I don’t know if you read a little “Metatiff” on my blog entitled “Megarejawu yinur”. But that is what this blog reminded me off. Alga sirr ena Megarega lezelalem yinuru. Why clean up your filth when you can simply hide it from view, aydel?

    Wannaw wedih yemetahubet mikniyat, Arefe, its because I read about “Semayawi” party and couldn’t find one independent article on what it really is about. Esti.. Wondimalem.. throw us a bone on that as well as the various protestations that have/are being held in Addis lately. I am really worried leArab Ageroch yemeta essat Ageren sayaQatil endemayalff. God be with you. Ethiopia beSelam beFikir lezelalem tinur. Amen.

    [See what I mean? I hated people who “mangeb” such a “mefekir” before :-(]

    • June 4, 2013 at 7:51 am

      Hi Abesheet,
      I was out of town, I don’t know if I would be able to provide you information that others have not said. From what I was able to gather, the demonstration drew thousands to the streets of Arat Kilo Piassa, Tikur Anebesa. But estimates of how many varied. Berekt Simoen said it was 5,000, while organizers said it was more like 15,000. Though the demo was called to demand the release of political prisoners, journalists, I’ve heard that it was a bit taken over by those wishing to promote an Islamic agenda, something ETV is using to manipulate public opinion. But it might seem a Iittle far-fetched to say that the ruling party may be relaxing its tight restrictions on political demonstrations.
      By the way, I did read the post, I am a fan of your blog 🙂 Your blog is great!

      • June 8, 2013 at 9:01 pm

        Thank you, Arefe. I knew I can always count on you. Miss you. Keep up the good work.

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