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Child prostitution worrying

SHIKANDA KAWANGA, Livingstone
CRIMINAL activities and child prostitution are on the increase in Livingstone’s Nakatindi township due to bars opening early and closing late at night.
Residents in the area are reportedly losing their property because criminals have taken advantage of the late closure of bars.
Eunice Mutafela, a resident, said mushrooming of taverns and bars has also contributed to children engaging in beer drinking and prostitution.
She attributed the situation to the local authority’s failure to close bars that are not complying with the law. “We wonder what the council is doing, children are always found in bars and yet there are notices displayed to deter under-age patrons,” she said.
When contacted for a comment, Livingstone City Council (LCC) assistant public relations manager Kameko Manda dismissed the assertions that the local authority is failing to control children from patronising bars.
Ms Manda said the local authority is aware of the situation in Nakatindi and that action has been taken against some bar owners who were not adhering to laid-down regulations.
She said the local authority is equally concerned about children patronising bars and warned owners of stern action if found wanting.
“The council will increase its patrols in various parts of the city in partnership with State police in order to ensure law and order is maintained,” she said.

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