POLICE in Solwezi swung into action on Thursday night and apprehended about 137 commercial sex workers from various guest houses.
The sex workers were apprehended between 21:00 hours and midnight at some guest houses within the Solwezi central business district.
North-Western Province Police Chief Eugene Sibote said the sex workers were rounded up from three guest houses in an on-going operation.
Mr Sibote said the sex workers had invaded various guest houses prompting Government officials and those from the private sector to face accommodation problems each time they were on duty in the district.
He said prostitution in Zambia was illegal and, therefore, the Police would not allow the sex workers to continue conducting such acts.
“We have apprehended over 137 prostitutes because it is illegal, not allowed in the country and at times suspected criminals are harboured in the same premises where these people live,” he said.
Mr Sibote warned guest house owners that they risked having their business licences revoked if they allowed commercial sex workers to continue operating within their premises.
He said the sex workers would remain in custody until they appear in court.
Meanwhile, a 31-year- old witchdoctor of Lusaka has been arrested after he was found administering traditional medicines to members of the public at one of the guest houses during the same operation.
Mr Sibote named the suspect as Hussein Mbewe, a witchdoctor who was allegedly practising witchcraft.