Charity Nwakaudu, Abuja
The economic situation in the country knows no bounds as it has affected every business including that of commercial sex workers.
Commercial sex workers in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) are loudly complaining the decline in patronage. They believe the economic downturn is responsible.
A number of the women of low virtue who spoke to Daily Sun that since most average families are struggling to feed, the bugling situation has affected their business. They claim most of their patrons find it difficult to reserve money to come around for sex outside their homes.
For them the movement of some politicians to the rural areas for the 2019 general elections contributed to their poor economic fortunes. They confessed that from the build-up to the elections, most of their good customers have not been stable in the city and some of their rich clients that often visit Abuja have not visited. It has seriously affected their business.
One of the ladies, Hellen, who operates around Jabi Lake said she joined the business two years ago and has not experienced this kind of downturn in fortune: “This administration of Muhammadu Buhari changed everything, everybody is suffering, there is no money. In the past administrations, during campaigns and elections, people made money regardless of the type of business they operated because there was money in circulation.
“But this present administration is the opposite. This change is something else, who knows how the next level will look like. How can someone who is hungry and angry have feelings for women?”
Another lady, Joy, operating around Gimbiya Street in Area 11 agreed there is low patronage: “Before in a night I know the number of short time I get before going for the last game which is usually all night. But now, it is very difficult to get a customer. The few men that come around will be bargaining as if we are selling salt and pepper in the market.”
Fair skinned Loveth who operates around Wuse Zone 4 and Wuse II, attributed the low patronage to the relocation of politicians to the villages to cast their costs:
“Most of my patrons traveled home for the campaign and elections. Even some of my rich customers who used to visit Abuja for official matters, are no longer visiting because of elections.
“The main cause of this fortune downturn is the movement for elections and once we are through with it, everything will take its normal shape.”
A lady, known as lady B, agreed that the election is the main cause of the low patronage not hardship: “People are not yet back from their villages. Abuja is still scanty most of my patrons that went home for elections are not back. That is why nothing is happening.”
However, Janet said there is nothing like low patronage in her side because she does her job very well and no customer that ever patronized her that will like to miss her services:
“Since the beginning of campaign to these elections I have never spent a weekend in Abuja. I am either traveling with one of my clients or the other, based on the highest bidder. I have been busy all through; I just entered Abuja today. When you do your job perfectly, patrons will be begging for your services.”