Benue, Cross River Top List Of Commercial Sex Workers In Abuja
Without a formal data collation, but random storming and arrest of commercial sex workers in Abuja in a bid to rid the nation’s capital of nuisance of prostitution, Benue and Cross River State so far top the list of commercial sex workers arrested in the FCT.
Acting true to the warning by the FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello, the Social Development Secretariat (SDS) swooped on some flash points and joints recently and effected the arrest of 55 suspected commercial sex workers.
A breakdown of those arrested shows that out of the 55, Benue State topped the list with 18, while Cross River came second with 13 followed by Nasarawa and Kaduna states which recorded eight each.
Our correspondent gathered that the operation which was carried out between the hours of 1.00 am to 5.00 am recently.
Speaking to our correspondent on the development, the Acting Secretary of Social Development Secretariat (SDS), Mrs. Adebola Elegbede decried the high rate of commercial sex workers in the Federal Capital Territory, stressing that there is no wonder FCT is rated highest in Nigeria with HIV/AIDs prevalence.
Elegbede who called on women of easy virtue to engage themselves in meaningful ventures also used the occasion to pledge the readiness of the FCT Administration to train repentant commercial sex workers in various entrepreneurial skills.
She, however, warned that a mobile court has been set up to prosecute those who are not willing to change from their old habit, just as she called on the men folk to stop patronising commercial sex workers in their own interest.
She said the raid were carried out around Mabushi, Garki and Wuse 11 where 55 suspected commercial sex workers were arrested. She also said that they hae been handed over to the mobile courts for trial.
Elegbede, however, expressed regret that some residents under the guise of human rights activists are supporting the nefarious activities of commercial sex workers in the FCT.
One of the suspected commercial sex workers who volunteered her name as Alice Ajon claimed that she was driven by the current economic reality to engage in prostitution, adding that she was a staff of one of the hospitality outlets in Abuja before her sudden retrenchment.
Another who refused to disclose her name claimed that she is a victim of circumstance, adding that she was stranded at one of the bus stops in Wuse 11 when the team accosted her.
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