Lagos Prostitutes Want Prostitution Legalised In Nigeria “We’re Sex Workers Not Ashewo”

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August 4th, 2014 – Lagos Prostitutes Want Prostitution Legalised In Nigeria “We’re Sex Workers Not Ashewo”

A protest was recently staged in Lagos by prostitutes all over the country calling for the legalisation of prostitution and the removal of the stigma the society has placed on sex work.

The head of the group, one Patoo Abraham during the protest said:

“We want to be able to practise our profession with pride like every other person. We want an end to name-calling and stigmatisation. We are sex workers and not asawo [a Yoruba derogatory name for prostitutes].”

Another prostitute narrated her ordeal with the police:

“Sometimes, after reluctantly paying for our services, they arrest us and take us to the [police] station and ask us to bail ourselves with the same amount they paid us, thereby recovering their money,” Janet said in pidgin English.
“Some of us sustain serious injuries when our customers beat us up and there is no one to protect us,”.

Do you agree, should prostitution be legalised in Nigeria?