Bauchi Govt. to conduct headcount of commercial sex workers



Bauchi State says it will  conduct headcount of commercial sex workers in the state with a view to having an accurate data on them.

Malam Aminu Balarabe-Isah, Permanent Commissioner in charge of Hisbah and Sharia implementation,  made this known in Bauchi on Monday during a sensitisation workshop organised for commercial sex workers.

He said the information generated from the exercise would help the in taking measures aimed at discouraging them from continuing with their dangerous trade.Isah disclosed plans by the state to organise empowerment programmes for them, as well as provide them with capital to start small scale businesses.

He explained investigations conducted by his agency indicated most of the sex workers took to prostitution as a result of illiteracy, or maltreatment meted on them by their step-mothers.

According to him, minor family squabbles also contributed to their decision to take to prostitution, assuring would make efforts to -unite them with their parents.

The commissioner expressed readiness of the state government to organise mass marriages for those of them who lucky to get serious suitors.

Hafsatu Azare, who spoke on behalf of the sex workers,   assured they willing to quit the trade if government would empower them economically, describing their condition as pathetic.(NAN)