The Bauchi state government is set to conduct a census on sex workers in the state.
This announcement was made by Aminu Balarabe-Isah, Permanent Commissioner in charge of Hisbah and Sharia implementation, during a sensitization workshop organized for commercial sex workers in Bauchi on Monday, April 12.
According to him, the information generated from the exercise would help the commission in taking measures aimed at discouraging them from continuing with their ‘dangerous’ trade.
Isah added that the state government’s plan is to organize empowerment programmes for the sex workers and then provide them with capital to start small-scale businesses.
Going further, the commissioner noted that investigations conducted by his agency shown that most of the sex workers took to prostitution as a result of illiteracy, poverty or maltreatment meted on them by their step-mothers.
While assuring that government would make efforts to reunite them with their parents, Isah also revealed that minor family quarrels also contributed to their decision to take to prostitution.
Speaking on behalf of the other sex workers, Hafsatu Azare, said they are all willing to quit the trade on the condition that the Federal government empowers them economically.