Legally, It Is Unclear If Commercial Sex Workers Are Law Breakers – AEPB

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By Chinelo Chikelu, Abuja

Harsher economic times in the nation has led to an increase in commercial sex activities in certain areas of the FCT. Commercial sex workers, alongside beggars and hawkers constitute a nuisance to the city, and are under the jurisdiction of the Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB) control.

However, the AEPB says it has being sued to court over human rights violation because the constitution is unclear on whether commercial sex workers are the breaking the law.

AEPB Public Relations Officer (PRO), Mr. Muktar Ibrahim, says although removal of prostitutes from the streets is the responsibility of the Social Development Secretariat (SDS), in it’s partnership with the latter, it rounds-up prostitutes, alongside beggars and hawkers, and delivers them to the SDS for rehabilitation.

He says though prostitution constitute a nuisance to the city, AEPB exercises caution in its action against practitioners, as it has found itself unsupported in such matters in court, whereas the sex workers have allies in human rights organizations and some security agencies whose staff patronize them.

Speaking to reporters in Abuja recently, Ibrahim said although there has been an decrease in commercial sex activities in the previously infamous Gimbiya Street and environs in Area 11, other sex hawking spots had arisen.

Popular hotspots of prostitution in the FCT include, Wuse Zone 4, Wuse II close to Cubana restaurant and night club, and Wuse II along the Etisalat to Banex road in Abuja.