The commercial sex trade in Antigua & Barbuda is on the rise, according to the AIDS Secretariat, with even more of these illegal transactions taking place at private homes.

Delcora Williams, the AIDS programme manager said it is difficult to put a figure to the increase, but she did confirm that this primarily exists among members of the migrant community.

“What we notice is that a lot of the houses are not occupied by Antiguans; they’re occupied by non-nationals and that too causes us some concern,” she said.

This situation is believed to be the result of the economic condition in the country, Williams explained, while noting that it appears that some individuals are resorting to what they find easiest to do.