Four women were arraigned before the Urban Customary Court Deputy President, Kgosi Kgosimotse Sebele, and charged with idling.
The four, who pleaded guilty to charges of idling and disorderly conduct, were arrested on the night of August 8, 2006, at Partial, at the Middle Star Shopping Complex at around 0024 hrs.
Portia Madigela, 24, Sasa Botlhole, 26, Onneile Maseko, 25, all from Botswana, and Chipo Ella Ndolo, 29, from Zimbabwe, all unemployed, promised the court that they would stop waiting for male customers in front of Gaborone Sun Hotel and Middle Star Shopping Complex during the night.
State Prosecutor from the Central Police Station, Constable Gaolebale, told the court that the four accused were arrested by the Central Police Patrolling Team but conceded that the police are being overwhelmed by the increasing number of women who loiter at roadsides at night, waiting for male customers.
One of the accused, Onneile Maseko, asked the court not to send her to prison because she was due to be married and that her two kids would also suffer if she is given a custodial sentence. Her co-accused also pleaded for mercy, saying they have children to look after.
Kgosi Sebele fined each of them P50, to be paid by September 30, 2006, failing which, they would be re-arrested and taken to prison to serve for three months.