ImpactPlus Sierra Leone on Saturday 28th December 2019 launched a campaign against old men (Sugar Daddies) who are in the habit of going after young girls. The organization during a one day session with young girls from various schools in Freetown at the Africell American Corner sent a strong message that the organization would be going after any man that is in the habit of going after young girls. Aminata Kargbo, Director of the organization in her presentation said one of the reasons for early pregnancy and HIV infections among girls in Sierra Leone is transactional sex occasioned by sugar daddies to offset financial needs, and that the “sugar daddy” awareness raising campaign will target girls aged 13-18 in upper primary and secondary schools nationwide. “Our goal is to contribute to education in adherence to the national call for human capital development through sugar daddy awareness session to reduce teenage pregnancy and school dropout among girls,” she mentioned. She added that the organization will target ten thousand (10,000) girls in fifty (50) schools nationwide, to tailor a core message that sexually partnering with older men is a risky behavior.
In his statement, Abdulai S. Bangura who is from the Crime office in the Family Support Unit said the ‘Sugar Daddies’ are using money and maturity to influence the young girls. “Don’t allow your parent to influence you to jump into such, because they will be the beneficiary and you will end up being the victim,” he pointed out. He encouraged the young girls to report any sexual attempt on them, and that “to be on the safer side don’t accept gifts from them – their intention is not something welcoming.”
By Abdulrahman Koroma
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