A renowned Woman Activist in Northern Nigeria, Comrade Ramatu Tijjani, has appealed to commercial sex workers in the country to abandon the risky job and embrace other skills acquisition, in order to save themselves from contacting different types of sexually transmitted diseases or infections.
Comrade Ramatu Tijjani, who gave the warning in a chat with newsmen recently, cautioned Sex Hawkers against the negative effect of prostitution, urging them to embrace skills accusation so as to make themselves self reliant.
The activist, who spoke in Kaduna, observed that the only way for prostitutes to avoid being infected with sexually transmitted diseases was an option of abstinence-cum switch-over to skills work.
She also noted that, “There are approximately 20 different types of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) or sexually transmitted infections or (STIs) as well as the danger of being attacked by Ritualists, and daily harassment from ‘customers’ and security agents.”
Comrade Ramatu further stated that other likely infected diseases include, Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea, Syphilis, Genital herpes, Genital warts, Viral hepatitis, Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Human Papillo Mavirus (HPV), Bacterial Vaginosis and Trichomoniasis.
“In view of the high risk that is being involved in the profession, it is advisable that government, NGOs, Civil Societies, corporate bodies and wealthy individuals should intervene by establishing business activities to make them self relent,” she said.
She also called on parents to redouble efforts on monitoring movement of their daughters, adding that, today, many young ladies have gone abroad in pursuit of the profession without the knowledge of their parents, while some had become prostitutes through the activities of child trafficking to other countries.
Comrade Ramatu had for years made it like a personal sacrifice of visiting some brothels in the state for counselling and advising sex hawkers about the danger associated with prostitution. “I usually visit them for counselling and advise them always to shun this profession for their safety, and also the kind of risky life that they involved themselves with, most especially sleeping with dangerous men or Ritualists.”
During her interview with some of the prostitutes last night at various spots – like Rabah Road, Sultan Road, some hotels and the houses they live, the ladies expressed sadness over the situation they found themselves, calling on NGOs, civil societies and government to help them with small skills training and awareness so as to enable them quit the job.