Daily Champion (Lagos)

Nigeria: Campus Girls, Big-Time Prostitutes

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analysis

In Owerri, the dimly lighted stretch which leads to the popular Concord and All Seasons Hotels are the area of concentration for these girls, including the frontages of some hotels whose management are not strict in monitoring the presence of these girls. And in Enugu, the Polo Park is where it happens as we accosted some students from some of the higher institutions there who came to solicit for bed mates just for money. Also off the Ogui Road where the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium is located is an open area where canopies were used to provide shelter for those who came around to drink and seek sex partners for the night.

The fact is that in all the towns in Nigeria there are places where these girls gather to have fun. But one may be propelled to ask are these students really students? The fact according to Jennifer(not real name),is that, "Some of us like myself are real students who because of various reasons engage in prostitution in order to meet up in school, why some are professional students."

She described professional students as those girls who never gained admission into schools but used money to buy off bed spaces from bonafide students from where they engage in commercial sex, sometimes claiming before their clients that they are students. According to her, "These professional students could stay years on campus doing their trade and because men prefer to go to bed with students than engaging professional dirty local harlots, these girls could do anything including forging identity cards just to have the status of studentship conferred on them in order to improve their rating before men. However, that does not rule out the fact that some of us are real students."

Asked if her parents knew of her escapades, she thundered, "Brother, you want to kill me, if they know Iam finished. I came into this dirty deal due to peer pressure and greed. I pray that until God helps me to quit this job, I shall not see someone who knew me. I once saw a man from my town talking to my girl friend and I had to run the race of my life before he sets his eyes on me."

Another student, Chioma, (not real name), told us that she entered into this trade because according to her she is fatherless. "I lost my dad when I finished my Senior School Certificate Examinations and when I gained admission into the university, my mother also has five of my siblings to carter for.

Initially, I was managing with what she was able to give me from her small business until I could no longer bother her with my wants. One of my friends talked me into commercial sex and painfully, I took it as the last option. My mother is not aware of what Iam doing to even assist her train my junior ones as I lied to her that I do some menial jobs on campus to help her. I only ask God for forgiveness and hope that nothing happens to me before I graduate next year."

Yet another victim called Gift was full of what appeared like remorse during our interaction. As she stated, "I really don't think that I embraced prostitution because of lack as my parents could afford my basic needs and even beyond.

"My case was that of bad company and the urge to live above one's means and be seen as a big girl on campus. I have reached the point where I feel ashamed of myself and cry out my heart when Iam alone, still the next moment I joined the next available flight or car as it were to hit Abuja and start this nonsense again. I think my case is either a spiritual problem or an addiction for which I ask God to liberate me."

Bose, said that she is afraid of mistakenly contracting sexually transmitted diseases or even the dreaded Human Immuno Virus,(HIV), which causes the Acquired Immuned Deficiency Syndrome(AIDS), getting pregnant by mistake, or being utilized by ritualists for diabolic purposes. Asked if she plays the game flesh to flesh, she screamed, "Do you want to kill me? I insist on condom, but the fact is that some rough guys can burst the condom during the game, especially if one became very dry and in split seconds the guy could lose control and discharge inside my private part during condom burst, thereby putting me at risks.

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