Amnesty International, Friday, called for the legalization of prostitution all over the world recommending it becomes a criminal offence when it involves “human trafficking for sexual exploitation” and children.
Marie Claire, an international monthly magazine for women, disclosed that Amnesty International group presented a proposal calling for the “decriminalization of sex work” and intends to ask its delegates to vote for it.
Patoo Abraham, a popular sex worker, August last year, led protests in Lagos, seeking a better lot for prostitutes in Nigeria.
The 48-year-old mother of two who heads the Nigerian chapter of African Sex Workers Alliance, ASWA, and the Women of Power Initiative, WOPI, led protests with the demonstrators wearing T-shirts screaming “Sex work is work, we need our rights.”
- “We are tired of dying in silence; we want to be able to practice our profession with pride like every other person. We want an end to name-calling and stigmatisation. We are sex workers and not asawo.
“Sex work is normal work and there are sex workers everywhere under one form of disguise or the other. The government should stop criminalising our work”, she added.
The Coalition Against Trafficking in Women International, CATW, has launched a change.org page, asking delegates to vote “NO” to discrimination against sex workers.
- “Voting to kick off officially tomorrow, August 1st, 2015, but we have gathered over 4,500 signatures,” CATW added.
“By definition, sex work means that sex workers who are engaging in commercial sex have consented to do so,” the policy reads.
Former Senate President, David Mark and current Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu had also during the 7th Assembly asked the Senate to consider legalizing prostitution in the country.
Speaking during a debate on a motion addressing the scourge of human trafficking in the country, Ekweremadu said since it has become impossible to stop prostitution in the land thus the Senate should consider regulating the act in the country.
- “We need to regulate prostitution in this country so that if anyone wants to indulge in prostitution, the person should be registered and issued with a license.
“If we say we want to stop it, it would be difficult. It is done in other countries; let us regulate it by issuing license.”
David Mark had also stated that it was difficult to stop the act of prostitution saying.
- “The FCT administration has been trying to stop it but they are facing stiff resistance because the prostitutes have their association and even their own legal adviser. It is a reasonably organized bad profession.”