Some Benin-based sex workers have protested against the postponement of the 20th National Sports Festival tagged “Edo 2020” billed to hold in Benin City, Edo State, following the outbreak of Coronavirus, leaving them devastated.
Chairman, Association of Prostitutes of Nigeria (APN), Edo State Chapter, Madam O. Jessica stated this while addressing a select at the Media at the Weekend in Benin City.
She said that the postponement was already taking a toll on their businesses.
TheNewspad reporta that the festival which will play host to 11, 500 athletes and officials, was initially scheduled to begin on Sunday, March 22nd through April 1, 2020 across various centres including the newly remodelled Samuel Ogbemudia stadium in the Capital City.
She lamented that having done all the necessary documentation and accreditation for the biennial sports fiesta, they were dazed when the tournament was postponed by the government over the global Coronavirus pandemic.
“It was very sad to have learnt about the postponement of the sports festival by the Presidency due to the Corona virus outbreak that is spreading like wildfire across the globe.
“Though the step was a welcome development at least lives are more important than anything else. We are in support of the government decision to shift the event to yet to be decided date”, she lamented.
Jessica, recalled that they had already partnered with the relevant security agencies to forestall any chaos and avert any potential assault of sex worker in the line of duty and enforce the rights of their clients without any encumbrance.
“With the large turnout of athletes, officials and other stakeholders participating at the event, we are ready to accommodate and give better services to our customers at affordable charges.
“Before now, all arrangements have been put in place to ensure hitch free, we have set up monitoring task force to checkmate the influx of rogues who might want to use the event to perpetrate evil.
“We have our members data for the festival, but we are not leaving any stone unturn to checkmate those who are not our members that might want to do otherwise.
“We have set up a monitoring task force headed by our financial secretary and we already received the backing of the security agencies in case of any eventuality by those who are not our members.
“By this, the Association is taking the aspect of security of customers and our members seriously, because Edo is known as a home of hospitality. We will give better service like never before.
“We were able to satisfy our customers during the National Festival of Arts hosted in the City late last year,” she said.
TheNewspad reports that most hide-outs in the State Capital have become part of its attraction to many scantily-clad prostitutes who pose in brothel windows with oozing the pungent aroma of cannabis smoke, as a result of the outbreak of the Coronavirus.
The palpable impact of Covid-19, the State is set to lose a large chunk of its red light district, which is a magnet for petty criminals and, authorities believe, human traffickers, drug barons.