Despite rising cases of confirmed coronavirus cases in Nigeria, some sex workers still carry out their day to day activities against the government’s advisory and remained open to their customers
Some sex workers in Lagos have narrated their operating pattern to POLITICS NIGERIA amidst Coronavirus pandemic lockdown. This newspaper on Thursday evening visited Alesh Hotel in Ajah and observed there was no social distancing as the place remains bubbling despite warnings against mass gatherings as a way of stalling the spread of the deadly virus.
Long ago, the state government placed a ban on public gatherings including schools, parties and even worship grounds. For almost a month now, President Muhammadu Buhari has placed a total lockdown order on Lagos, Ogun and Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja.
The last data from the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control shows that the country has recorded close to a thousand cases of Coronavirus. With this figure, there a possible lockdown extension order from the government looms.
Speaking with POLITICS NIGERIA, one of the sex workers who identified herself as ‘Blessing’ told our correspondent that although, “customers have reduced but we still work. This is what we do to put food on the table so you should not expect us to die of hunger”.
“We have, however, reduced the amount we charge our customers since we understand that there is no work and people hardly go out. But as you can see, it is business as usual except that we work more than we earn these days”
Another lady at the brothel who spoke but don’t want her name on print disclosed that she still visits some of her clients around the local government.
“I passed the night in VGC. Just that you have to go late and return very early. It is business as normal but people now offer painful cash because they understand we’ve got no choice at this Coronavirus period”
This newspaper observed that as part of precaution against the disease, sex workers give sanitizer before and after offering services to their patronisers.
Lagos has commenced a house to house testing and it is expected that the country record more scary cases of Coronavirus in coming days.