Amaka Enemo, National Coordinator of the Nigeria Sex Workers Association, has said activities of her colleagues have been suspended due to the lockdown imposed on Lagos, Ogun and Abuja to stem the spread of COVID-19 in the country.
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She said although sex workers offer essential services, they had to suspend their activities due to the bodily contact involved.
“There is sensitisation across the country including within our network. Sex workers also offer essential services. However, there is no way sex workers can do their work without body contact. So, they are staying at home to watch what happens.
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“The government has announced a lockdown and as law-abiding citizens, we will not flout the law. If the government says sit at home, we will all obey because nobody wants to die.
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“We fall under essential services but ours is peculiar because of the nature of body contact. You cannot compare it to doctors because the doctors are not making full body contact with people the way we do,” she told The Punch.
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Enemo added that private services have also been suspended as it is important her colleagues stay indoor for the sake of their health.