The advertisement of sex parties and other related sexual activities in hotels, nightclubs, movie houses, pubs and other tourism establishments in the country is gradually gaining ground.
Sex party, otherwise known as group sex, involves a group gathering at a place where sexual activity takes place.
Sex parties predate the ancient Greek, Egyptian and Roman eras when they served as moments for pleasure.
Some of the earliest officially documented sex parties were “the Bacchanalia, Roman festivals celebrating Bacchus, the Greco-Roman god of wine, freedom, intoxication and ecstasy”.
Today, sex parties have virtually become normal in some European cultures, from where they are gradually creeping into the African culture.
In Ghana and other African countries, sex parties, which operate like brothels, have moved from the traditional form of advertising to the new or social media, hooking a lot of the youth in that line.
A sex party has moral, cultural and legal implications in the context of the Ghanaian society. According to Section 279 of the Criminal Code (Act 29) as amended by Act 554 (Section 15), it is criminal for any person to offer his or her body commonly for acts of lewdness (sex).
Additionally, Section 275 of the same act states that any person who, in any public place, persistently solicits or importunes to obtain clients for any prostitute or for any other immoral purpose shall be guilty of a misdemeanour.
Culturally, sex is seen to be a sacred act; the discussion of the subject in public is totally abhorred, irrespective of the persons involved. Therefore, engaging in sex in public for the purpose of recreation (sex party) is considered a grievous offence in society.
Quite apart from that, any sexual activity outside the confines of marriage is considered sexual immorality in the Ghanaian society.
The public must heed calls by the Ghana Police Service not to make payments to organisers of these sex parties, as they could be fraudsters using all kinds of means to collect money from people.
The Mirror believes that the time has come for the police to increase their collaboration with the Ghana Tourism Authority (GTA) to close down all tourism establishments used for sex parties because the practice is against the laws of the land and arrest those involved.
Since the operators of these ‘brothels’ operate in a sophisticated manner, the police must also devise sophisticated means of cracking down their activities.
Sex parties and other unacceptable night-life practices which usually target the youth cast a slur on the image of Ghana. Therefore, the youth must be cautious and not allow themselves to be used by any group for its own selfish gains.
All religious organisations must rise up to wage a war against this immoral activity, otherwise we will lose our youth.