Bauchi state begins headcount of commercial sex workers

Bauchi State Government has begun a one-week headcount of commercial sex workers operating in the state.

Speaking at the inauguration of the enumeration exercise on Wednesday, the Permanent Commissioner, Bauchi State Hisbah Command, Barrister Aminu Balarabe Isah, said it was designed to support the sex workers with economic empowerment to enable them quit prostitution.

“The state government decided to provide them with the necessary empowerment skills and seed capital to enable them to quit the immoral attitude of prostitution. Some of them who are not indigenes of the state will be reunited with their parents if they so wish. The state government will contact their state governments for proper handing over of those affected,” he said.

“Biodata forms will be distributed to the sex workers to provide their personal information such as state of origin and the reason why they ventured into prostitution. They are also require to indicaate the type of trade or occupation of their choice. The state will also sponsor the marriage of those willing to marry or remarry. We are fully committed to implementing the Sharia law as provided in our legal code but with full consideration of fundamental human rights of every citizen” he added.

Miss Hafsat Aliyu, who spoke on behalf of the sex workers, urged the state government to fulfill its promise and ensure effective empowerment of the affected sex workers.

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