The Commissioner in charge of Hisbah and Sharia implementation in Bauchi State, Mallam Aminu Balarabe-Isah, has revealed that the State Government under the administration of Governor Bala Mohammed is set to organise empowerment programmes for commercial sex workers to discourage them from engaging in their current business.
Speaking on Monday during a sensitisation workshop organised for commercial sex workers, he said the information generated from the sensitization workshop would help the commission in taking measures aimed at discouraging them from continuing with their dangerous trade.
He also explained that investigations conducted by his agency indicated that most of the sex workers took to prostitution as a result of illiteracy, poverty or maltreatment meted on them by their step-mothers.
He said that minor family squabbles also contributed to their decision to take to prostitution, assuring that government would make efforts to re-unite them with their parents.
The commissioner expressed readiness of the state government to organise mass marriages for those of them who were lucky to get serious suitors.
Hafsatu Azare, who spoke on behalf of the sex workers, assured that they were willing to quit the trade if government would empower them economically, describing their condition as pathetic.