Ashawo We are now sex-workers not ashawo, Nigerian prostitutes protest in Lagos state see photos

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We are now sex-workers not ashawo, Nigerian prostitutes protest in Lagos state see photos

The National  leader of the Nigerian chapter of African Sex Workers Alliance (ASWA), Patoo Abraham has, led a large group of fellow prostitutes to a protest in Lagos state. The 48 year old mother of 2 Who are in university but are unaware of her profession and what the uses to survive

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“She said We are now very tired of dying in silence in nigeria. We want to be able to practise our profession with pride like every other person in lagos. We want an end to the  name calling and stigmatization. We are sex workers and not asawo [a Yoruba derogatory name for prostitutes]. Sex work, is normal and good work and  there are “sex workers everywhere under one form of disguise or the other” People call us a lot of  names but the funny thing is that they don’t even know if their wives, sisters or daughters are one of us hmmm,”

The truth is that If I don’t tell you that I am a sex worker, you won’t know unless you see me here. Most of us are working as nurses in big hospitals, some are bankers and even students, but you won’t know.” . “The government should stop criminalizing our work again please, Just as you are proud of your profession, that is how I am proud of mine as a sex worker. Just as you are respected for being a journalist, that is how I want to be respected as a sex worker

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