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Florynce Kennedy


A news item, Sex Workers Association Has Called On FG To Decriminalise Prostitution, Saying Such Would Curb The Spread Of HIV

Annie Lobert says,

Prostitutes have feelings; they are very human. They hurt, bleed cry and laugh just like you and me. To the people that want to legalize prostitution: Let me ask you a question. ..

If you want to legalize it, would you now let your daughter/niece/grand daughter/sister do this? Why not sign them up for what you want legalized? And if not, WHY not? Does it make them too human for you now?

Several countries have legalized homosexuality. Does supporting the legalization make you a homosexual, or make you encourage your teenager son to regress into homosexuality?

We are a religious and sanctimonious people, Nigerians. But we mostly pretend too. Prositution, just like homosexuality, is officially illegal in Nigeria. However, I doubt if the client who solicits the services of a sex worker is ever arrested or fined. Doesn’t it take two to tangle?

Usually, you find occasional raids on cat houses by law enforcement officers, pretending to do their job. They raid these prostitutes occasionally, pick some from the streets / brothel. Some cash get exchanged, some legs open indulgently, and everything remains the same, while life continues..

There was an increased clamp down on prostitutes in the capital city of Abuja at a time, but those things usually fizzle out. Where there is demand, there is always supply, no matter the impediments. The only way to eradicate prostitution is if men stop being obsessed with, or desist from lusting after women.

It won’t happen.

Prostitution is the oldest profession on earth for a reason. It caters to a need. It is likely that the incidents of rape would be a lot higher if sex for cash doesn’t exist Whether organized or not, formalized or not, it is going on everywhere. The irony is that those that would be able to enforce the extant law against it actively take part in this trade.

It is an open secret that, even our high and mighty engage the services of the scarlet babies . Our financial institutions unleash them on potential depositors, depending on the persuasive power of the flesh to fatten the bank vaults . Like the law against smoking in public, the law against prostitution is just a paper law. When last did we hear of prostitutes being taken to court and jailed for soliciting? Or, do we ever hear of those running brothels ever being charged to court?

The protagonists of the legalization of prostitution argue that problems often linked to the clandestine practice of the profession could be better controlled if it is liberalized . Indeed, regulation and government control over practice standards, substance abuse and mental health issues, and the risk of physical violence could all be diminished if the activity has the support of the law.

Remuneration in the form of drugs would not be necessary in a legalized market, which would reduce the risk of health problems resulting from the use of illicit drugs and would benefit from a reduction in the resultant costs to the healthcare system. Most pimps use drugs to exercise control over their workers. Pimps’ influence would be drastically reduced. Moreover, prostitutes would be excluded from the context of violence resulting from payments via illicit drugs.

The ‘struggle’ with the law brings with it some problems for sex workers. Because solicitation is criminalized (on paper) , the supply of sexual services must be kept out of sight in order to reduce the risk of police harassment or detection, or perpetually ‘keep the law enforcement officers happy’ when they come knocking. That’s some drain on physical and financial resources.

By leaving the market in isolated streets and places through continued criminalization, the risk of physical violence and rape is increased. This is what causes some areas in the city to be notorious for this trade (Ayilara Street and Allen Avenue are well known in Lagos, for example), with the attendant attraction for criminals and criminality.


Legalization is a tool of the economic system which allows the regulation of activities to optimize security in the transaction process and to create an adequate legal environment that protects the participants . The transition from an underground economy to liberalization has far-reaching consequences, including revenue from taxation, and a decentralization of the activity, bringing down the cost of service.

With the advent of sites like Badoo, Facebook, coupled with apps like WhatsApp, online prostitution is alive and well. Sex-As-A-Service (SaaS) is just some buttons away, nationwide. At Your Cervix Nationwide, Yes Sir. Denying this would be mere hypocrisy.

Several forms of prostitution would undergo radical changes. Pimping would no longer take place (or would be radically reduced) because the state would be responsible for the safety of officially recognized employees in this labor market. The state would be able to craft legal framework for all activities (such as regular health examination and certification) .

Like Abortion, Prostitution Would Be Happening With Or Without The Support Of The Law.

However, legalization requires a rigorous analysis of potential impacts on supply and demand. If legalization leads to an increase in the demand for services, there is the increased risk of developing a black market where the risks of murder, violence and rape are increased. An increase in state supervision would be needed because the decrrased barrier to this trade would lead to an increase in the activity of the underground sex economy.

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In the longer term, reducing stigma against prostitutes is an additional benefit that is significant. Stigma creates a sense of shame / isolation that can aggravate addiction and exacerbate health problems due to lack of medical or psycho-social monitoring.

Additionally, prostitution is often a last resort caused by a precarious economic situation. Legalization has the advantage of removing the sex worker from the context of violence that is highly present in the current market. Thus, the individual would be less exposed to violence, drugs and blackmail of the pimp. These factors elevates the prostitute’s chances of escaping from his / her precarious economic situation in order to dump the trade for something more socially accepted, more easily.

The major disadvantage of legalization is the risk of developing clandestine parallel markets. If such markets develop, it is because demand increases exponentially following the legislative change that decriminalizes sexual solicitation.

Pimps would be fewer but more powerful and more dangerous to the health and safety of prostitutes in the rendition of sexual favors . The transition from an underground economy to full legalization therefore requires a thorough analysis of the potential impacts.

Economic liberalization of prostitution is only one way of tackling the problems arising from this activity. There is the moral angle to this, but commerce and practicality demands a legal framework for the people of the red light.

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