By Omuboye Sukubo
Some commercial sex workers around a popular night club, Casablanca in Government Residential Area of Port Harcourt, say the closure of nights clubs have affected their trade..
A female sex worker who refused to disclose her name told News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) “customers are scarce”.
She said that the closure of night clubs by the Rivers State Government due to the coronavirus pandemic was responsible for the low patronage the trade was presently experiencing.
“This area used to be crowded, you can see how empty the road is, its really unusual because I have been here for like 30 minutes and nobody has approached me.
“Before the outbreak of this coronavirus challenge, I do make at least N20,000 per night but now, all the men patronising us are nowhere to be found, and if any man approaches you now, he will just offer a demeaning amount.
“Seeing someone that will patronise you for N5,000 for the night is a challenge, this is an amount we usually charge for short time,” she said.
Another sex worker, who simply gave her name as Gloria, said that she has not had patronage for two days.
“Before COVID 19 challenge, I do have four to five short time customers a day and another that I will pass the night with.
“I make as much as N40,000 daily but because the clubs are closed and people are afraid of being infected with coronavirus, the patronage is low with insulting offers,” she said.
Another lady in her late thirties, said that the closure of the night clubs had taken a toll on her hustle.
“I do this trade to help myself and my family, and honestly, I make up to N30,000 daily.
“Now, coronavirus has caused a downturn to my income as my customers no longer visit the night clubs since the government’s directive that they should be shut down.”