POLICE in Lusaka last evening apprehended about 70 girls and boys in Lusaka’s Woodlands area for allegedly engaging in illicit activities, including sex and beer drinking.
Police spokesperson Esther Mwaata-Katongo in an interview said the boys and girls aged between 17 and 20 years were picked up from a house on Lake Road after a concerned citizen in the neighbourhood raised alarm.
Mwaata-Katongo said police officers who rushed to the scene found used condoms and empty beer bottles while the owner of the house is at large.
“There is a house in the neighborhood in Woodlands area which young boys and girls use for illicit acts. Yesterday, a report was received from a concerned citizen and about 70 of them were rounded up by police and picked,”
She said the boys and girls believed to be school-going children were charged with conduct likely to cause a breach of peace after which they were released upon paying admission of guilt fees.
“They were locked up but the detention facilities were not enough to accommodate all of them. They were then charged with conduct likely to cause a breach of the peace after, for which they paid admission of guilt fees then released. Police are looking for the owner of the house. This happened between 17:00 and 18:00 hours. Some bottles of beer and used condoms were found at the same premises,”
She disclosed that some parents who were asked to report to the police station to attend to the cases were shocked to learn of their children’s involvement in the immoral acts as most of them claimed they had dropped them in that area for tuitions.
“We are trying to trace the owners of the house. Most of the parents turned up as the children were aged between 17 and 20. Parents were puzzled because they claimed that they did not expect their children to be found in that area as they dropped them at various points for tuitions. We cannot disclose the house number now until we are done with investigations,” said Mwaata-Katongo.