Prostitution in Togo is illegal and punishable for up to 5 to 10 years. There are reports of brothels and prostitutes working in various parts of Lomé, including Décor and Kodjoviakope (near Aflao across the Ghanaian border). The nationalities of the prostitutes include Togolese as well as Nigerians, Liberians, Ghanaians and Ivorian nationals. It is not uncommon for prostitutes travel between Togo and neighbouring countries to find work.
Human rights concerns
In the 2000s concerns were raised internationally about child prostitution in Togo. Togolese law explicitly prohibits the sexual exploitation of children and child prostitution, although it is not effectively enforced. NGO organizations such as UNICEF have intervened to try to get child prostitutes off the streets. There are also reports of women being trafficked for prostitution.
- "Togo child prostitute crackdown". BBC. Retrieved 2012-04-11.
- "Prostitutes leave Lome bases for Ghana". Modern Ghana. 5 February 2008. Retrieved 14 September 2015.
- "TOGO: Child prostitution goes unchecked in Togo". IRIN Africa (Lomé). 23 April 2004. Retrieved 14 September 2015.
- "2010 Human Rights Report: Togo". US State Department. Retrieved 2012-04-11.
- Martin-Achard, Nicolas; Bonnaud, Hadrien (20 November 2008). "Togo - Nadia’s story: from prostitution to rehabilitation". www.unicef.org. UNICEF. Retrieved 14 September 2015.
In line with the objectives for 2012 and in partnership with the Government of Togo, UNICEF provides a minimum package of services to vulnerable children.
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