Prostitutes in Abuja form association to fight for their rights.
Commercial sex workers plying their trades in Abuja and surrounding environs like Nasarawa and Niger States have decided to come together and form an association to press for the legalisation of their profession so as to resist any form of harassment for authorities and indivuals.
The leader of the body which goes by the name Commercial Sex Workers Association of Nigeria, CSWAN, who calls herself Lady Gaga, says the formation of the association is for the prostitutes to come together and fight for the rights to carry out their trade and that they are prepared to do anything within the ambit of the law to protect their means of livelihood.
"Why will people leave their problems and focus on other people who are struggling for survival? If we chose to use what we have to get what we want, is it anybody’s business?"
According to her, the association will liaise with relevant organisations to provide insurance and health scheme for all registered members.
She also added that the group will provide the means for members who might want to acquire additional skills, as well as guide them and ensure that all forms of stigmatisation and ill treatment against their profession were eliminated.
Lady Gaga is of the view that sex work is like any other profession that people go into to eke a living and wondered why people would chose to look at sex workers as those engaging in illegal thing.
Lady Gaga further said that prostitutes in the Federal Capital Territory were operating without any form of harassment until the emergence of Nasir el-Rufia, the former Minister of the FCT who demolished most of the suburbs and also placed unnecessary restrictions on them.