The impact of the coronavirus pandemic on countries’ economies is devastating, resulting in mass layoffs and, in some cases, wage cuts. Prostitutes are also affected by the new coronavirus.
The consequences of this health crisis on prostitutes are so severe that African heads of state have received a petition from the “angels of the night” inviting them to consider them as providers of essential services.
Aisha, a prostitute who lives in Kano state in the north of Nigeria, can no longer cope with the confinement measures. In an interview with the BBC, the young woman revealed that she is going through a really difficult time because she is no longer working. This situation, she says, was caused by the coronavirus and Ramadan.
“Almost everyone here is Muslim, so it’s not easy to find customers because in the afternoon they are with their family and in the evening they want to go and break the fast with their family. Most of our clients are married men, so it’s not easy for them to go out. “
The state of Kano and several other northern cities introduced Sharia in 2000, which prohibits prostitution, gambling, the consumption of alcohol, and many other vices.
“We just have to look for another alternative and another means. The government does not even want to know how prostitutes are doing here in Nigeria. And I have no more money. It’s finish. I have no alternative. I pay my bills thanks to the support of certain clients, those who care about me. “
What Aisha usually earns, she shares with her sisters, which makes things more difficult. “So it’s not easy. And I don’t know how long it will last. “
She says she is disappointed that the Nigerian government cares little about them. “The government is making no effort to support us.