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7 Must-Have Accessories For Your 15th Birthday

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15th birthday or the quinceañèra holds a special day in every girl’s life. This Latin American tradition finds its roots in the ancient Incan civilization. 15th birthday used to be the transition from girlhood to womanhood. It was the age when girls became eligible to get married. 

When the Spanish occupation started, this tradition merged with missionaries and slowly gained popularity throughout South and North America. The function is full of fun events. The birthday girl gets to choose her squad of 14 girls and boys each. 

There are several rituals. Some are traditional Latin American ones while some are missionary ones. Like, the squad of 14 represents the 14 years of girlhood. And, the ritual of seeking blessing from the church evolved with the Spanish colonization. It is a unique amalgamation of two cultures. But above all, it is a function that is close to the heart of every girl.

If you are turning 15 this year, you must be planning extensively for it. But gown is not the only thing that matters. Here is a list of 5 must-have accessories for this special day:

Tiaras: Tiaras are meant for ladies. And, 15th birthday marks your entry into this phase of responsibility. Usually, girls get it from their mothers. But if you are having the privilege of choosing your own, go for a classy look. Choose the one that matches your quinceañera dresses. A minimalist design is never out of fashion. Plus, you can use it afterward too. 

 

High heels: Just like tiaras, high heels are also an integral part of this iconic birthday celebration. High heels symbolize your entry into the world of badass women. Here, you must choose the comfortable one. Do not buy a heel because of its height or fashion label. 

 

You can also experiment with the type of high heel. Go for wedges if pumps are uncomfortable to you. After all, what matters is your confidence and comfort. You should be able to use the heels even after that party!

 

Ear drops: Since you need to look like a lady, nothing looks better than pearl ear drops. They add a classy sophisticated look to your personality. It is not necessary to go for real pearls though. Several brands manufacture matte-finished pearls and they look gorgeous on everyone. Also, choose a design that is not too flashy.

 

Watch: This is the 21st century and you do need to add a funky factor. A good watch may not be a traditional accessory for a gown but that adds an oomph factor to your look. Also, it makes you look more confident. If you want a feminine look, go for a stainless steel strap.

 

 If you want a tomboyish look, you can go with a digital watch. And, if you are into gadgets, a smartwatch is the best catch. Isn’t this event meant to be more responsible? So, be who you are!

 

Good stockings: Stockings are an indispensable part of the gown. Most girls commit the mistake of either leaving it or settling for cheap quality. This leads to their discomfort! While shopping for the gown, shop for good quality stockings too. Always select your right size. 

Also, choose the matching color with the gown. One way to find the perfect pair is to try it while trying out your gown. This may sound weird but most girls swear by this step. What would be the use of an uncomfortable piece of clothes for your party?

 

Nude nail paint: Maybe you don’t count nail paints as accessories but manicured hands always charm everyone. Many enthusiastic girls opt for bright off-beat colors like blue or neon shades. We feel this takes all the attention away from you. The best bet is to go with a nude shade. 

 

It has dual benefits. First, it gives you a classy look. Second, it makes your nails and hands look cleaner. Do not go with nail extensions. They look pompous. Rather go with trimmed nails.

 

Classy bracelet: The beauty lies in the fact that it elevates your beauty. You do not need too much jewelry to compliment it. In fact, very few pieces actually go well with it. One of them is a bracelet. But here is the catch. It need not be flashy or too heavy. 

 

Otherwise, it may ruin your whole look. Choose a simple and minimalist design in sober color. If you have a dark colored dress, try to either get a contrasting color. It will ensure that your look stays up the street and does overpower the look.

 

Even though this day finds its root in ancient civilization, it is a big draw for event organizers. There are several websites dedicated solely to cater to the needs of young girls. In fact, this event has become a big show-off for wealthy families. You will be stunned to know that many people spend millions on this event! 

Unknowingly, it paved the way for a wide economic gap in Latin societies. Instead of being a fun event, it became a show of power and money. That was the reason why the Mexican government put an upper limit on the budget of the celebration. Many NGOs have also started to organize this event to ensure that even girls from weaker sections get to experience this milestone in their life. 

However, what girls need to realize here is that a woman needs confidence and grit. This party won’t make her a real woman but her success will. She needs to be strong enough to fight all the social injustices. She must prioritize her education. It will ensure her being financially independent. 

Another thing that they need to be vocal about is their rights. They must not be submissive. They should assert rather than moving back. No matter what, they must hold their head high. Always learn to move ahead in life no matter what.

 

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Absa Bank’s Corporate Banking campaign to light up Accra

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What does a Bank have in common with a cup of coffee, an adaptor, a cowrie or cake?

This is part of the thrust of Absa Bank Ghana’s new corporate banking advertising campaign that is set to get the capital talking for the most part of the first quarter of 2022.

The thought-provoking advertising campaign uses powerful creative imagery of unique products from several sectors of the economy and links their relationship to Absa Bank’s corporate banking mandate across the country and the continent. This is complemented by sector specific executions (Infrastructure, manufacturing, agriculture, telecommunication, oil and gas, power, mining financial institution and consumer goods) across a multiplicity of media channels and platforms.

The campaign, designed to shimmer and glitter in Ghana’s capital city and other regional centers on January 24th, 2022, uses four proof points – global reach, digital solution, value chain and expert solution– to drive home the Bank’s corporate banking credentials.

Absa Bank Ghana’s significance in Ghana’s economy has been a constant feature in the country’s developmental journey for more than a century. The Bank has supported several sectors, including empowering businesses to be sustainable and helping clients with transformative investment services. It has become a symbol of the Ghanaian financial identity since it first commenced operations as Barclays Bank in 1917.

The corporate banking business, especially, has a history of consistent financing support to many areas, including License Buying Companies in the cocoa sector and the largest single day domestic currency issuance in sub-Saharan Africa at US$2.25bn in 2017. Additionally, Absa Bank has acted as lead arranger for a number of big-ticket deals in Ghana’s finance and energy sectors.

 

As Regional Corporate Director for West Africa at Absa Bank, Ellen Ohene-Afoakwa says:

“Our fundamental task is to deliver value, experience, expertise and reach to ensure that our clients can put their businesses at the forefront of the financial world, whilst positively impacting their communities and powering their global vision. We are relevant in every sector of the Ghanaian economy from private, public, small and large entrepreneurship ventures and we shall continue to make capital available to grow the markets, transform the continent and maintain our image as the go-to partner of choice.”

 

Ultimately the advertising campaign is a call to action for both prospective and current businesses to partner a bank with demonstrable bravery and expertise to get things done. The campaign will utilize all key touchpoints in the external media space (TV, Online, Radio, outdoor, PR) together with an ambitious digital and social media approach.

It’s innovative creative execution, will undoubtedly elevate the conversation around the crucially important role Absa Bank plays in Ghana’s economy.

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Here is our top picks for smartphones in Ghana and why the HUAWEI nova 9 stands out from the pack

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Fancy a new smartphone? This is a good time to buy one, and our top smartphone guide will help you compare and contrast the top 2021 smartphones available on the market today in Ghana.

There are so many good phones to choose from right now but which one is the king of the castle? Is there even a winner? Smartphones come in all shapes, sizes and prices. Here, we have ranked and reviewed the top three 2021 smartphones money can buy today.

 

What can you expect from a new smartphone in 2021? There are many factors you need to consider but primarily the things you need to keep a close eye on are; design, camera, battery life and charging speeds in addition to cool features that spice up the user experience.

With that said, trust us -these smartphones are all top-notch and if you want to know more, simply read on to find out how each ones shines in its own way.

 

HUAWEI nova 9

Specs roundup:

Display: 120Hz curved OLED 6.57-inch display

Camerasetup: Rear Cameras: 50MP +8MP +2MP +2MP –Selfie: 32MP

Charging: 66W HUAWEI SuperCharge

Storage: 8GB RAM +128GB internal storage

Chipset: 6nm Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G

Dimensions: 160mm x 73.7mm x 7.77mm

 

Huawei recently released the HUAWEI nova 9, the latest addition to its popular and loved HUAWEI nova series. Dubbed as the Trendy Flagship Camera King, this latest hotshot from Huawei inherits the HUAWEI nova Series’ unique aesthetic and sophisticated design, bringing along powerful performance and features that help users capture and create. It is a helpful assistant for creating and sharing video content especially when it comes to vlogging features!

 

The latest smartphone from Huawei debuts with a new colourway –Colour No. 9 that is created with an all-new Starry Flash AG Glass process that adds a unique texture to the chassis and highlights the iconic camera module, giving it greater visual emphasis. Colour No. 9 is a mix of low-saturation blue and purple hues meticulously blends with the glittering particles to form a dreamy colour spectrum that gives off a hint of mysteriousness. Under different lighting, the colour finish reflects vivid and colourful patterns. Under a spotlight, the whole device shines and sparkles. It reminds users of the subtle moments in their life, which are inspiring and exhilarating.

 

Both the front and back sides of its body are slightly curved, making it feel thinner and more comfortable to hold. Packed with a 6.57-inch curved display, the HUAWEI nova 9 remains sleek with a thickness of only 7.77mm and a weight of approximately 175g. Speaking of display, the HUAWEI nova 9 sports a 6.57-inch 120Hz Original-Colour Curved Display that can render 1.07 billion colours delivering smooth visuals in fine details. The incredibly curved screen slides from the centre to both sides just like a waterfall, which offers immersive visuals and a comfortable grip at the same time.

The HUAWEI nova 9 follows HUAWEI nova 8’s Star Orbit Ring design concept that is similar to the old look, but comes with a nova ring emblem that highlights the Star Orbit Ring, making it even more recognisable and eye-catching.

 

The HUAWEI nova 9 comes with an Ultra Vision AI Quad Camera system, which includes a 50MP Ultra Vision Main Camera with RYYB colour filter array, an 8MP Ultra Wide Angle Camera, a 2MP Depth Camera and a 4cm 2MP Macro Camera. Whether it is city night photos, panoramas, portraits with bokeh effects or close-upshots, the HUAWEI nova 9 lets users capture images in high quality and deliver pro-grade clarity.

Meeting the demand for an excellent vlogging experience, the HUAWEI nova 9 features a 32MP High-Res selfie camera. The HUAWEI nova 9 supports 4K video shooting at 30fps with high definition and high frame rate, it delivers an enjoyable video experience with fascinating details and smooth motion.

 

Moreover, users of HUAWEI nova 9 can easily switch between front and rear cameras whilst filming to produce a single video featuring both footage in one go. Alternatively, you can use Dual-View Video to show both front and rear perspectives simultaneously, or to put a zoomed shot and wide shot together, both taken on the rear camera system, in one frame. Again, this switching of camera occurs seamlessly, allowing you to create unique videos by just pressing the record button.

 

Regardless of the task, the HUAWEI nova 9 delivers excellent battery life with the high capacity 4300mAh battery. In addition, charging down time is kept to a minimum, with the new smartphone supporting 66W HUAWEI SuperCharge for high speed charging.

 

HUAWEI nova 9 also boasts some Super Device features staying true to Huawei’s innovative spirit! For example, users can tap on the HUAWEI MatePad icon to activate Smartphone-Tablet Multi-screen Collaboration; tap the HUAWEI MateBook icon for Smartphone-PC Multi-screen Collaboration or tap the HUAWEI FreeBuds icon to seamlessly switch their audio output to their Huawei earbuds. With the Distributed File System, the smartphone can also function as a wirelessly connected external storage unit for the PC, meaning users can access the files they want more easily than ever before.

This means when users are drafting an email on the PC, they can add smartphone files as an attachment or when they see an image they like when browsing the internet on the PC, they can save that image directly to the smartphone. Using the HUAWEI nova 9, users can also transfer MeeTime calls onto HUAWEI Vision smart TV and conduct the call by taking advantage of the larger display, camera and speakers.

Running on EMUI 12, the HUAWEI nova 9 offers a smart and seamless experience to users. The trusted, innovative and secure AppGallery is available on the HUAWEI nova 9, where users can download a wide range of high-quality apps.

 

Samsung Galaxy S21

Specs roundup:

Display: 6.2-inch 120HzDynamic AMOLED 2XDisplay

Camera setup: Rear Cameras: 12MP +64MP + 12MP –Selfie: 10MP

Charging: 25W Samsung Super-Fast Charging

Storage: 8GB RAM +128/256 GB internal storage

Chipset: 5nm Samsung Exynos 2100

Dimensions: 151.7mm x 71.2mm x 7.9 mm

 

From the front, the Galaxy S21 comes with a 6.2-inch 120Hz Dynamic AMOLED display complete with a neat punch-hole selfie camera in the top middle part of the screen. Look closer and you will see the S21 has dropped its predecessor’s curved display and opted for flat edges. However, in practical use the Galaxy S21’s display is great. Stick it in “Vivid” mode and you will see heaps of contrast and colour. The display is also good for watching videos and movies, or simply scrolling through your pictures or playing games.

Hardware-wise, the Galaxy S21 comes with a triple camera array which comprises of a main 12MP wide-angle lens, a 12MP ultra-wide lens and a 64MP telephoto lens with 3x hybrid optic zoom and 30x space zoom. On the video front, the Galaxy S21 covers a lot of bases. It offers up to 8K capture at 24 fps that lets you snap high-quality photos while recording high resolution videos.

 

Other high-end features include 1080p video recording at 30/60/240 fps, which makes them super-smooth. Speaking of smooth, the Super Steady mode, which uses AI to compensate for shaky recording, works on 1080p 60 fps video capture.

Samsung Galaxy S21 comes with a 4,000-mAh battery. Fast charging is on offer over the USB-C PD standard, charging up the battery to 55% in 30 minutes. Samsung only puts the USB-C cable in the box. If you do not have a charger then you can buy a 25W charger.

 

Samsung Galaxy S21 runs on One UI. The interface is elegant, complete with a redesigned Quick Panel and a notifications screen that feels less cluttered. Users would especially appreciate the redesigned lock screen widgets as well as the ability to place widgets on the screen and adjust their transparency. One UI 3 still comes with many options to tweak your Galaxy experience.

 

 

Samsung Galaxy A72

Specs roundup:

Display: 6.7-inch 90Hz Super AMOLED display

Camera setup: Rear Cameras: 64MP +12MP +8MP +5MP –Selfie: 32MP

Charging: 25W Samsung Super-Fast Charging

Storage: 8GB RAM +128/256GB internal storage

Chipset: 8nm Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G

Dimensions: 165mm x 77.4mm x 8.4mm

 

Dominating the front of the Samsung Galaxy A72 is a 6.7-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED display. The screen is vibrant with colours, excellent sunlight visibility, and great viewing angles. A layer of Gorilla Glass 5 protects the panel.

In terms of colour, the Samsung Galaxy A72 is available in Awesome Black, Awesome White, Awesome Violet or Awesome Blue. It comes in at 165 x 77.4 x 8.4mm and weighs around 203g. The overall design comes with a large camera block in the top left corner of the rear, and a –hole selfie camera in the top centre of the screen.

 

The Samsung Galaxy A72comes with a camera setup, which consists of four lenses. There is a 64MP wide camera, 12MP ultra-wide camera, an 8MP telephoto camera in addition to a 5MP macro camera. On the front, it comes with a 32MP camera for capturing some good selfies.

Samsung Galaxy A72 houses a 5000mAh battery and supports 25W Samsung Super-Fast Charging for a quick refill. Fast charging capability lets you spend more time playing, scrolling and sharing and less time charging. The Samsung Galaxy A72 comes with One UI 3.1 based on Android 11 out of the box. As it’s usually the case with Samsung phones, there is more than enough customisation on offer.

 

Choosing the right one

Making the final choice comes down to you and your preferences. A variety of reasons including sleek design, display, photography, videography, charging speeds, and of course cool features will be the ultimate deciding factors on what your next 2021 smartphone will be. However, amongst all the 2021 trendy flagships, the HUAWEI nova 9 ticks all the above boxes and has an exceptional design and some cool futuristic features!

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Edem Farrie Goes Corporate In Dashing New Looks

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They say style is a way to say who you are without having to speak. How you appear in the midst of people say a lot about you every single time.

 

Edem Farrie looks the part as she releases stunning new photos, showing the news reporter, actress, entrepreneur and fashion model she is.

 

She makes it her duty to look presentable at all moments and this new looks say it all. Check out some of them down here below:

 

In recent times she has done much in the journalism field with a feature on “Nigeria Beyond Oil” in which she interviewed key players in the Oil & Gas And Tech Sector. She has worked on other projects which include humanitarian activities and movies will soon be made public. Follow her on social media via these handles.

Facebook : Edem Farrie  https://www.facebook.com/edemfarrie

Twitter : @edemfarrie https://twitter.com/edemfarrie

Instagram : @edemfarrie https://www.instagram.com/edemfarrie/

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Ghana Health Service Announces Vaccination Of Students In Senior High Schools Across The Country

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The Ghana Health Service (GHS) and Ghana Education Service (GES) have announced plans to vaccinated Senior High School (SHS) student as school re-opens.  This was contained in a statement jointly signed by Dr. Patrick Kuma-Aboagye Director-General, Ghana Health Service and Prof. Kwasi Opoku-Amankwa Director-General, Ghana Education Service.

The statement reads:

Ghana has been experiencing periodic outbreaks of COVID-19 in Senior High Schools. Fortunately, the Ghana Health Service received approval from the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) to expand persons eligible for vaccination to include 15-year-olds and above who are mostly in Senior High Schools. This vaccination comes to compliment the already existing COVID-19 preventive protocols such as wearing of face mask, washing of hands with soap under running water and the use of hand sanitizers.

The Ghana Health Service (GHS) working in collaboration with the Ghana Education Service (GES), commenced the vaccination of students who fall within the eligibility criteria, but the exercise had to be suspended during the vacation period. The students were however encouraged to get the vaccination in the communities where theylive.

The GHS in collaboration with GES has restarted the vaccination exercise in all schools.

In this vein, vaccination teams have been dispatched to schools to vaccinate students who have not yet been vaccinated. Students who have already been vaccinated are required to bring their vaccination cards to school for inspection.

The Ghana Health Service and the Ghana Education Service is by this release requesting the cooperation of parents and all stakeholders to make this exercise a success.

We count on the continuous support of parents and guardians in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic in our schools and communities.

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Tourism Ministry to invest $20m to improve tourism, arts

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The Minister for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Dr Mohammed Awal has disclosed that the industry will invest over $20 million to improve tourism and arts attractions. (more…)

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When Can Escort Service Be Classified as Legal

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The idea of escorts often leads people to think about the assortment of benefits that such professionals can receive. They’re also known for greater comfort and less challenge in communication and interactions with their clients.

 

The growing popularity of escorts Paris has prompted a lot of men and women to pay attention to the services they provide, which are merely intended to enrich one’s life, which includes the elimination of stress and anxiety.

 

This is what makes these services especially popular among men and women who are constantly being burdened by unwanted stress at their jobs or other problems in their day-to-day life.

 

In some countries, hiring an escort is entirely legal if it comes with no strings attached. Legal escort services adhere to stringent requirements.

 

What is an Escort Service

Escort service is a professional service that provides a client (escort client) with an escort (escort). Escorts are usually female, but there are also many male escorts. The escort would accompany the client to more places, such as social events and business functions.

 

The primary role of an escort is to accompany clients to social functions. An experienced escort knows how to behave appropriately at any event they attend with a client. The escort will also advise on how the client should present themselves at the function to fit in well with other guests attending the same party.

 

An escort also acts as an attendee to add to the glamour of a social event or function. This can be done by socializing with other guests and working as arm candy for clients. Escorts might also serve as hostesses at business events and parties.

 

How is a Legal Escort Service Defined

Legal escort service is a tricky subject to talk about. Laws, especially in America, change every day and all over the country.

 

Many people who run escorts services do so because they want to help people, not because they want to make money. Many states, such as California and Nevada, are legal for an escort to provide other services, such as companionship or massages.

 

If you are considering starting your escort service and there is any doubt that it might not be legal in your area, you should check with a lawyer before taking any action. The last thing you want to do is get yourself in trouble with the law when you could have just called a lawyer for free.

  

When Does Escort Service Become Legal

How to determine whether escort service is legal? The answer is quite simple. Once you have the correct information, the problem becomes easy to solve. Escort service can be classified as legal if it meets the following requirements.

 

The first condition is that your business must have a license to operate legally in the city or state where it is located. As long as you hold a valid permit, your business can continue operating regardless of how many people are employed by it or how much money you make from it.

 

The second condition is that only adults should work for an escort service. If you employ minors (people under 18), your business can be closed down and subject to fines and penalties. The only exception to this rule is if the minor has a working permit issued by the city or state. This can be obtained by minors willing to work on movie sets, commercials, music videos, and similar projects.

 

The third condition is that the people who work for your escort service must be willing to consent for their photos and information about them being made public. If someone does not agree with this, they will not be able to work for you legally.

 

When Does Escort Service Become Illegal

It is a known fact that escorting and prostitution are very similar. However, the two are not the same. Prostitution involves sex for money, while escorting does not necessarily involve sex.

 

Escort services entail the company of an independent woman to attend events, parties, etc., to provide companionship to men who are bored or lonely. Thus, it can be concluded that if a person charges for their companionship only, then their service is legal.

 

Countries Considered as Sex Destinations in the World

Many people view sexual encounters while traveling to enhance their travel experience. The sex industry is worth billions, and millions of illegal and legal sex workers are scattered across the globe.

 

These are the top sex destinations in the world.

 

Germany. Germany is a large and well-organized country with prostitution, including street and street prostitutes. It is fully legal. Since 1200 AD, the government has had a long history with sexual tourism and organized prostitution. It is interesting that people willfully join the flesh trade in Germany. There are also advertisements and job opportunities through human resources companies.

 

The Dominican Republic. Tourists visiting the Dominican Republic can expect to see legal brothels and marriage parlors, as well as prostitutes freely roaming the streets of Santo Domingo or Puerto Plata. The Dominican Republic is fourth in the world for exporting large sex workers.

 

Spain. Popular sex destinations include Madrid, Ibiza, and Barcelona. These cities are well-known for their vibrant club scene and bars.

 

Malaysia. Although prostitution in Malaysia is illegal, it is still widespread and readily available. Penang, Kuala Lumpur, and Ipoh are some of the most popular places where prostitution is common. The majority of sex workers are from China and other neighboring countries.

 

Kenya. It is also one of Africa’s most accessible countries. However, it has an enormous sex tourism industry on the continent. Despite the high prevalence of HIV and STDs, the country doesn’t discourage the practice. It is not surprising that Kenya is a popular choice for older white women looking to “buy” some time with a man. Tourists willing to pay high prices for sex in hidden locations lure children into prostitution.

 

The Netherlands. It is often considered one of the most popular destinations for sex globally. Prostitution is legalized and regulated. Amsterdam’s De Wallen is the most well-known red-light area in the city and is a popular destination for international sex tourism.

 

The Philippines. There are a large domestic sex industry with approximately 800,000 people, both men, and women, working in this trade. The country’s reputation as a sex destination is believed to have been created by the popularity of ‘girlie bars’ during World War II.

 

Brazil. Brazil is another country where prostitution can be legalized. However, Brazil prohibits the operation of brothels or the hiring of sex workers in other ways. There are still dozens of brothels in cities where prostitutes can engage in sexual activities.

 

Colombia. Colombian women are considered some of the most beautiful in the world. This is perhaps one reason why sex tourism has flourished in Colombia. Although sex trading is legal in Colombia, the government has reduced illegal activities, such as child prostitution.

 

Thailand. According to some reports, the industry was established in Vietnam during the Vietnam war. It is now a legal profession in the country, with more than three million sex workers making a living.

 

The legality of escort service depends on the circumstances. Some countries regulate the activity directly, while others penalize it indirectly by punishing related activities. It is up to you to determine if an escort service is legal where you live, but it is safer to rely on legal escort agencies than dangerous ones.

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