A Non-Governmental Organisation, Wanda Adu Foundation, has vowed to reduce the number of commercial sex workers in Abuja, through a skill acquisition training programme.
President/Founder of the Foundation, Wanda Ebe, disclosed this in Abuja during a town hall meeting organised for sex workers drawn from select brothels in Kubwa, Mpampe, Gwarinpa, among others.
Wanda, who said the gathering was to enlighten the sex workers on their rights, called on them to explore other legitimate ways of making money instead of depending on a job that is characterised by frequent molestations and abuses.
She said, “The essence of this meeting is to let them know that sex work is not the only way to make money; that they can explore other ways of making money.”
She, however, called on men to stop patronising sex workers, stressing that there must be a behavioural change to address the problem.
One of the sex workers, Esther Ibaoche, who commended the Foundation for the programme, said she was forced into the job by hardship.
Her words: “Hardship forced me into it. I was doing business before but Taskforce never allowed us to rest; I was roasting corn, but they would take us to their office and pay some money. Sometime they would pack our wares. I began selling bread and it was the same thing.
“I earned more money now but the risk is high. They have raped me so many times and I have been into the hands of many ritualists but I believe was just God that made me to escape.”