Kano Sex Workers Lament Low Patronage

Posted admin News 179 Views 5 Min Read
5 Min Read

Commercial sex workers in Kano State have lamented what they described as low patronage by their customers.

They expressed their pain while fielding questions from a News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) correspondent in the Sabon Gari area of Fagge Local Government Area of the state on Sunday.

The sex workers, who claim that they smiled home with their pockets full, now resort to lobbying customers to do “business” with them at very ridiculously low charges.

Ms. Mercy Benjamin told NAN that before now, a round of “short time” service could be settled with 5,000 within a time frame of one hour, but the biting effects of fuel subsidy removal had forced customers to disappear.

Benjamin said one round of sex now goes for as little as between ₦500 and 700 for the same services.

“Things are not really going well with this business for now because of the present economic challenges we are facing,” she said.

Another sex worker, who identified herself as Jennifer, told NAN that it is no longer business as usual for them, saying, “My brother, business is no longer moving as it used to.

“Things have become so hard that if you see more than three customers in one day, you will thank God. Customers are hard to come by, and when they do, the offer is nothing to write home about.

“In this very particular room, I pay 5,000 every day, and I must confess to you that I am owing the management three days debt now because of low patronage.

“Before fuel subsidy removal, we were enjoying high patronage with good prices. These days, I used to attend to seven to 10 customers every day, with good prices ranging between ₦5,000 and 10,000 for short-term services.

“This is apart from other incentives like good food, drinks, chicken, Isi-ewu, and other goodies that customers provide on their own volition.

“Unlike now, when customers hardly come to hang out in the evening, we used to have customers on daybreak ready to offer well above 20,000 and also take care of your accommodation, food, and drinks. These are really hard times for us,” she said.

Jennifer further stated that most of her colleagues who could not pay for their rooms have returned home with regrets of penury.

“Some of them left without their property as the hotel management seized their clothes and electronics because of the money they were owing. We that are still here are surviving through the grace of God,” she explained.

Narrating her latest experience as a result of the cash crunch, Ms. Helen Ediga at Onitsha Road said she was ready to quit the business if given an alternative source of livelihood.

Ediga, who only agreed to speak after being offered a token of ₦1,500 and a bottle of Maltina to cover her time, said:

“Sir, I am not happy being in this kind of business. It was hardship that led me into it. I am a single mother with three children. I am the only one who takes care of them.

“My man left us in Kano and relocated to Abuja, where he is currently staying with another woman.

“I come out every evening to hassle so that I can put food on the table for my three children and possibly train them.

“Since the fuel subsidy removal, we have been suffering. In most cases, I will spend the whole day without anyone asking me, How are you?

“It has been a very bitter experience. If I have other means of livelihood, I will definitely quit this business!”, Ediga said.

NAN also gathered that the sex hawkers who usually stand along Enugu Road, Aba Road, Onitsha Road, and Abbedie Street, among other hotspots within Sabon Gari, are worse hit by the situation, as most of them complain of staying throughout the day, scouting for customers without success.

Findings further revealed that nightclubs, fun centers, and beer drinking joints now record very low patronage as residents hardly come out in the evening for relaxation or to have a good time” due to the cash crunch.

Share this Article
Posted by admin
A group of seasoned crime reporters drawn from reputable media organisations in Nigeria. To help in creating a friendly Nigerian Police Force that meets the yearnings and aspirations of the citizens towards policing and security of lives and properties. To showcase the positive sides of the Force, as well as celebrating the great feat of police personnel, who have shown uncommon courage in the discharge of his / her responsibility. In the same vein, through objective ratiocination, identify the areas of shortcomings for corrections. We welcome you on board on this journey to build an enviable Nigeria Police Force by actively playing the role of a watch dog. Watch out for crime stories and other security titbits.
Leave a comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *