No fewer than 100 Commercial sex workers in Ugbague Street in Benin City, have been evicted over ‘Covid-19 scare’, leaving scores who could not beat the inter-States border drill either stranded or homeless.
A Proprietor of the Brothel who identified himself as Mr Osagie, said the decision was taken to prevent possible outbreak at Ugbague Brothel which was established before Nigerian Civil war.
Mr Osagie disclosed this during an interactive session with newsmen on Friday in Benin City where he lamented the economic downturn.
“This is my father’s house. There is no protest anywhere here and as you can see,
“I asked the prostitutes occupying my buildings to go home, meet their Children and families in their various States.
“They (sex workers) should go home, because any man who has the virus maybe he comes from other States and infected them (the prostitutes) with the virus and easily share it among everybody here.
“Like me now, I have Children and I cannot ask my Children not to embrace me. And you know that these prostitutes are occupying my buildings and I am the one managing these facilities.
“So, I am afraid, that is why I asked them them to go home and stat with their Children until the Coronavirus of a thing dies down”.
He said those still hanging around are those who could not travel because their inter-State borders have been closed.
“As you can see, most of the cubicles and rooms are empty. It is better that way my brother. Our business is not legitimate. The government is not in support of what we are doing.
“Today, I have spent over N2,000 (Two Thousand Naira) in taken care of the few prostitutes who have no where to go.
“My brother, it is better to die of hunger instead of disease.
“We thank the State government on the partial lockdown. Unlike other States who had shutdown of their borders.
“The government knows the implications if Coronavirus is not contained, that is why they immediately shutdown all schools in Nigeria”, he said.