The Bureau of National Investigations (BNI) has begun investigations into the growing rate of homos*xuality in the Western and Central regions, Western Regional Minister, Mr. Paul Evans Aidoo has revealed.
According to the minister, there is the need for a thorough investigation into what he terms a “social canker” which has contributed to the growing rate of HIV/AIDS in the country.
About eight thousand homos*xuals were registered by non-governmental organization (NGOs) at a day’s workshop in the Western and some parts of the Central regions after they (homos*xuals) underwent voluntary counseling and testing with majority of them infected with s*xually transmitted diseases (STDs), including HIV/AIDS.
The workshop, which was funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), aimed at training health workers to be abreast with the basic facts about HIV and AIDS also revealed that, the homos*xuals included students in junior and senior high schools, polytechnics and workers.
The growing rate of homos*xuals in the country has resulted in the tripling of s*xually transmitted diseases especially HIV and AIDS.
Mr Paul Evans Aidoo revealed on Adom FM on Wednesday that, even though homos*xuality is illegal, it is still widely practiced secretly which makes it very difficult to arrest the culprits.
He said it is very important for the homos*xuals to be identified, especially those infected with STDs to control the spread.
The Western Regional Minister added that the BNI is working closely with the police, Ghana Health Service and the NGO to find a lasting solution to the problem.
Mr. Aidoo stressed the need for more education on the dangers of homos*xuality in the country.
But a constitutional lawyer, Yaw Anokye Frimpong argued that the BNI or the police have no right to arrest homos*xuals in the country.
He said even though some religion frown upon homos*xuality, it is not explicitly stated in the criminal code that it is a crime.
Lawyer Anokye Frimpong argued that homos*xuality is a s*xual preference which no one must be discriminated upon if he or she decides to indulge in.
Source: Joy Online
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