Some prostitutes in Anambra State have protested against the demolition of their brothels.
Commercial sex workers numbering over 2000 took over the streets of Awka, the Anambra State capital on Friday, August 14, protesting the demolition of over 50 brothels in the state by the Anambra State Urban Development Board (ASUDEB), thereby rendering them homeless and out of business.
The prostitutes were mad at the state government for ordering the sacking of their abodes at the popular cattle market at Amansea, in Awka North Local Government Area of the state, disrupting traffic and commercial activities.
According to reports, the angry harlots also set the remaining structures in the market on fire while accusing the ASUDEP officials of bias and high handedness.
The Board stormed the place some days earlier and brought down the several brothels dotting the area, the brothels were being used by kidnappers.
Speaking on their plight, the leader of the prostitutes who said her name was Racghael, accused the government officials of being wicked and inhuman as they 'destroyed their brothel without notice, leaving behind some huts, kiosks and canteens that belong to the Hausa cattle traders.'
But the General manager of the ASUDEP, Enemmuo Nathan Chinedu, said the exercise was part of the state chief executive, Governor Willie Obiano’s resolve to rid the state of all forms of crime and criminality, adding that the structures demolished were illegal buildings in Amansea Garriki where prostitutes, kidnappers and armed robbers reside.
“A lot of prostitutes live around Amansea cattle market, spoiling our children and constituting a nuisance in the area; and you know that anywhere there is brothel, criminals and kidnappers hover around there.
In my capacity as the ASUDEB GM, I will ensure that this doesn’t exist anymore in the state; and our activities are in line with our amiable governor’s policy on zero-tolerance to criminals and kidnappers in the State.”