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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