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Insecurity: Niger govt moves to ban prostitution 

The state Ministry for Women Affairs and Social Development said it will work on the ban with the Secretary to the State Government.

• July 26, 2022
Sex workers used to illustrate the story
Sex workers used to illustrate the story

The Niger State government is set to ban the activities of commercial sex workers in Minna as part of efforts to tackle insecurity.

Kaltum Rufa’i, permanent secretary in the state Ministry for Women Affairs and Social Development, said this in an interview on Tuesday in Minna.

Ms Rufa’i said the government was unaware of such activity, capable of fuelling the current security challenges in the state.

She said there are state laws against such activity, saying the government would investigate it to stop the trend.

“I will personally go and meet the Secretary to the State Government to discuss the issue and find solutions to it,” she said.

Investigations within Minna revealed that the women and girls start their business from 7:00 p.m. to midnight daily.

Their best spots to attract clients in Minna include the City gate round-about, the Eastern by-pass and the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) mega filling station, Minna.

The women hang out in groups of two, three, four, five and above, waiting for their clients.

Some of them spoke anonymously and said they usually charge from N1,000 to N10,000, depending on the kind of service required.

“Our clients pay for hotel accommodations from N1,000 to N3,000 for short time and from N5,000 to N8,000 for all-night service,” one of them told journalists.

Some sex workers said they ventured into the trade out of frustration or lack of jobs.


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