Which of the Nigerian states has the highest number of commercial sex workers in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital? That is the question a P.M.NEWS correspondent took time to provide answer after carrying out a survey in the city in the past three years.
Prowling clubs, red light districts and some of the major brothels in and around the city, P.M.NEWS reporter took a rough census of prostitutes and their states of origin.
Our investigations, which is based on random sampling and may be termed controversial, revealed that ladies from Enugu State constitute the highest number of sex workers in Abuja.
Enugu is followed by Abia, Benue, Edo, Oyo, Kwara, Hausa and Delta states in that order. Akwa Ibom state seems to have the least number of sex workers.
P.M.NEWS investigations revealed for instance that 50 percent of ladies engaged in prostitution at the popular Rita Lori Hotel in Garki area of Abuja are from Enugu State. This is followed by Oyo (30 percent), Edo (15 percent), while Hausa/Fulani girls constitute 5 percent of this number.
Also, at another popular red light district called Lagos Street, over 40 percent of the prostitutes are of the Hausa/Fulani stock. They are mostly divorcees or married women. This is followed by Kwara (20 percent) Enugu (30 percent) Oyo (5 percent) and Benue (5 percent).
At another popular nite club operating in Wuse 2 area of Abuja, Enugu with 40 percent of the sex workers tops the list of those plying their trade at the location. With 30 percent, ladies from Abia State constitute the second highest number followed by Benue (10 percent), Edo (5 percent) and Oyo (5 percent).
At the red light district around Ibiza night club also in area 11, the percentages of the prostitutes include Enugu (40 percent), Abia (20 percent), Delta (20 percent), Edo (5 percent), Oyo (5 percent), Hausa/Fulani (5 percent) and Benue (5 per cent).
At the red light district in the Apo Mechanic area, the percentages of the ladies of easy virtue according to their states of origin are Enugu (50 percent), Benue (30 percent), Abia (10 percent), Edo and Delta (10 percent)
In the Jabi area of the city, P.M.NEWS investigations revealed that about 40 percent of the ladies involved in prostitution are from Enugu State while ladies of Hausa/Fulani origin also constitute 40 percent. Ladies from Oyo-Ondo axis of the country comprise 10 percent of the prostitutes and other tribes, 10 percent.
In the Kryxtal Lounge area of Wuse 11 red light district, ladies from Enugu also constitute 40 percent of those involved in the illicit trade while ladies from Abia-Imo axis constitute another 40 percent and ladies from Oyo/Lagos, 20 percent.
P.M.NEWS investigations in Jaji street, popularly known in pidgin English as “Woman Boku in Kubwa” meaning there are many women in Kubwa, a suburb of Abuja, also revealed that 20 percent of the ladies plying the trade are from Enugu State, followed by Abia 15 (per cent), Edo (15 percent) Benue (15 per cent) and other tribes (35 percent).
This survey is by no means exhaustive. Therefore, it is subject to further scientific investigation.