Bauchi Prostitutes to undergo special census.
Bauchi Prostitutes to undergo special census: The Bauchi State Government says it will conduct a headcount of prostitutes or commercial sex workers in the state.
Further, it disclosed that the move is targeted at having an accurate data on them.
The development was disclosed by Permanent Commissioner in charge of Hisbah and Sharia implementation, Malam Aminu Balarabe-Isah. He made this known in Bauchi on Monday during a sensitisation workshop organised for commercial sex workers.
Balarabe-Isah stated that the information generated from the exercise would help the commission in taking measures aimed at discouraging them from continuing with their dangerous trade.
In addition, the Commissioner disclosed plans by the state government to organise empowerment programmes for them; as well as provide them with capital to start small scale businesses. He explained that investigations conducted by his agency indicated that most of the sex workers took to prostitution as a result of illiteracy; poverty or maltreatment meted on them by their step-mothers.
Furthermore, he revealed that minor family squabbles also contributed to their decision to take to prostitution; assuring that government would make efforts to re-unite these prostitutes with their parents.
Additionally, the Commissioner expressed the readiness of the state government to organise mass marriages for those of them who were lucky to get serious suitors.
Meanwhile, Hafsatu Azare, who spoke on behalf of the sex workers, assured that they were willing to quit the trade; if government would empower them economically, describing their condition as pathetic.