37 foreign prostitutes arrested in Lusaka

The Immigration Department in Lusaka has arrest 37 illegal immigrants from the neighbouring countries who were allegedly involved in prostitution.

The immigrants mainly from Zimbabwe were arrested after an operation in the early hours of Saturday.

Immigration Department Public Relations Officer, Namati Nshika says the 37 arrested include 33 Zimbabwean women and four Tanzanian men.

Nshika said the suspected prostitutes were arrested in Chawama, Chibolya and Kanyama Townships. He said most of the suspects were caught in the act.

The prostitutes were working as sex workers in the named lodges in the named areas.

The Immigration Officer has disclosed that the country is making arrangements to deport the immigrants to their countries of origin.

The arrests has come as a relief to many residents of the townships who have been complaining of the increase in foreign nationals engaged in prostitution as sex workers.

The named prostitutes who are working in collaboration with lodge and guest houses owners charge a minimum of K15. 00 for sex with residents.

The Immigration has since warned Guest / Lodge owners against hosting prostitutes saying the law would severely deal with them.