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End of Ramadan: Commercial Sex Workers Back In Kano
As Ramadan fasting period came to an end, many commercial sex workers who were earlier relocated out of Kano, have returned to the state with desperation to recoup all they may have lost during the Islamic holy month.
Ramadan fasting period forced most commercial sex workers in the state to relocated due to poor patronage by their customers, who were said to be observing the fasting period.
Many brothels were closed during the period due to non-patronage as a result of the Ramadan fast.
Aside from poor patronage, the few that remained were compelled to reduce their charges in order to attract the few customers that still patronised them.
But many of the sex workers have returned to the ancient city to continue their trade. Those who spoke to our correspondent lamented the difficult times the Ramadan period put them since they also have to pay their rent and do other things.
Dorcas, a sex worker in Sabon Gari, said she just came back to Kano after traveling to Abuja to stay with her friends because of Ramadan.
“My brother I just came back o! Things dey tight now for all of us because of this their Ramadan. Now we don come back, na double we go charge our customers. Abi you wan enter room?” she asked the reporter before disappearing into the bar of the brothel.
Also, Kemi, who hailed from a state in the South-West said she had returned with “full force” to earn her living. “Asewo no be thief o, and if not because of the service we rendered, many of you men could have be raping innocent girls,” she stated.
According to them, big festivals are coming and there is need for them too to save enough money so that they can travel for “Big Sallah or Christmas.”
Areas now flourishing with sex workers in Kano include: Enugu Road, Abeddie, Warri Road, Club Road, Sanya Olu and Festing, among others.