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The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Muhammad Bello has disclosed that over 789 prostitutes and other destitute s have been repatriated to their various states of origin within the last two years of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration.
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According to him: “Majority of these numbers were repatriated back to their respective neighbouring states after proper profiling and rehabilitation.” He stated that government was determined to ensure that “women, youths, children and the vulnerable in FCT are adequately catered for.”
Acting secretary of the Social Development Secretariat (SDS), Irene Adebola Elegbede, who spoke on behalf of the minister, said it was almost impossible to eradicate the world’s oldest profession from the FCT.
“You cannot eradicate the profession; you can only try to contain it. It is the oldest profession. We are trying to discourage commercial sex workers in FCT, but they are smarter than us, they work as cartels. “When you dislodge or arrest them in a particular place, they migrate to another place.
We arrested some in Apo, within the twinkle of an eye, able-bodied men were begging us to release them. We need to cooperate; if every man decides to be disciplined, we won’t see them.
“We should collaborate to reduce their numbers on our streets. If there is no demand, there won’t be supply. We even trained some of them in different vocations as a better alternative to prostitution and gave them start-off kits and start-up capital, but, surprisingly, after some months, we saw them on the streets again.”