First, there is an association of sex workers in Nigeria?
Well, you just got schooled and they are lashing out at the hypocrisy of their clients, I suppose, and the fact that sex work should be legalised
Sex workers in the country have called for the decriminalisation of commercial sex work in Nigeria saying that this would not only help reduce the spread of HIV/AIDS in the country, but also stop violence against sex workers.
Speaking at the Sexual Ethnography Dissemination Workshop in Abuja on Wednesday, the National Coordinator of Nigerian Sex Workers Association, Amaka Anemo, said hypocrisy was behind the continued criminalisation of the sex trade in Nigeria. Anemo noted that who go to worship
Anemo noted that who go to worship centres to condemn sex workers also go back to patronise them in manners that eventually expose their wives, girlfriends and other people at risk.
“Once a sex worker is infected with HIV, she can transmit it to as many people as possible by sleeping with just one man, who sleeps with his wife and probably his other girlfriend.
“And the girlfriend has a boyfriend who also has another girlfriend and it keeps spreading that way. So, one sex worker can transmit the virus to a hundred people,” she said.
Na wa o…networking of life.
She brushed off the idea that her profession is risky stating that every job description (JD) comes with inherent risks peculiar to the field.
She urged the government to decriminalise commercial sex to enable sex workers work in a conducive environment and have easy access to medical treatments.
She said this will help sex workers to open up and receive proper sensitization from appropriate quarters which they sorely need, without fear of being dehumanized or harassed by law enforcement agencies.
According to a report titled “Understanding the high risk of urban sexual networks in Nigeria”, female sex workers may have the highest risk of contracting HIV.
The study which was carried out by the Centre for Global Public Health, University of Manitoba, Canada was in collaboration with the National Agency for the Control of AIDS, NACA, and covers female sex workers in Nigeria.
Earlier on Wednesday, experts at the ongoing International AIDS Society (IAS) Conference on HIV Science, had called for better strategies to meet the needs of sex workers, men who have sex with men, transgender people and people who inject drugs.
The 9th International AIDS Society (IAS) Conference on HIV Science (IAS 2017) is highlighting innovative efforts to increase access to quality HIV information and services for communities heavily impacted by HIV, but often overlooked by government and community-based responses.
What do you think? Are they right about the hypocrisy angle? Should sex work be legalised, if not for anything, to ensure these women are treated with dignity as human beings are regardless of their choices because we always see the opposite when they raid their hideouts?
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