27 Sep 2017

Samoa MP calls for end to prostitution

3:23 pm on 27 September 2017

A Samoan MP Olo Fiti Vaai has called on the government to set an end to commercial sex work in the country.

Olo told the Samoa Observer that sexual activity to get money should not be allowed and the government should revise laws to match the reality of Samoa being a Christian state.

His call follows plans by the Ministry of Health to offer educational and counselling services to sex workers as part of a bid to promote healthy living.

According to Olo, the government needs to instead find sex workers and offer them employment opportunities.

The Samoa Observer said there are about 400 prostitutes, with some as young as 13.