National Human Rights Commission reacts to arrest of sex workers

The Nationwide Human Rights Fee (NHRC) has decried the current arrest of intercourse staff and closure of brothels in Umuahia, the Abia capital, on the orders of the state authorities.

Ms Uche Nwokocha, the Coordinator of NHRC in Abia, described the motion as as “the criminalisation of poverty” by the federal government and its businesses.

Nwokocha stated this in an interview with the Information Company of Nigeria (NAN) in Umuahia on Wednesday.

NAN stories that the state authorities had ordered the rapid shutdown of some brothels within the state capital, alleging that that they had turn out to be hideouts for crminials.

It additionally directed safety businesses to rid the brothels of suspected hoodlums, a state of affairs which led to the arrest of the intercourse staff by the police.

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Nevertheless, the NHRC boss described the motion as an abuse of the fitting of the intercourse staff, including that the arrested women had been being punished as a result of they had been poor.

She stated: “There are different girls elsewhere doing comparable issues and they don’t seem to be being arrested.

“If you’re on the lookout for criminals go to their households. These are simply poor girls they’re preying on.

“The one distinction is that these persons are poor and so they don’t have the chance others have.

“And because of that, they are being punished. How many of them are being prosecuted, it is wrong,” she stated.

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Nwokocha, who’s a authorized practitioner, nonetheless, suggested the state authorities to search out out why there was a lot of girls going into prostitution reasonably than clamping down on them.

“If the Authorities of Abia has found that there’s nonetheless a excessive inflow of prostitutes into the state, I feel the federal government ought to ask why.

“If a few of them are into prostitution due to the state of affairs they discovered themselves in, the federal government can help them by giving them some packages that may assist them quiet down.

“But if there are still some, who still want to do prostitution, they should be allowed to do whatever they want,” Nwokocha stated.

Updated: May 16, 2019 — 12:30 am

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