The coronavirus pandemic has begun to take its toll on commercial sex workers across Nigeria as these ladies of easy virtue reportedly held a marathon prayer on Sunday calling on God to intervene as they were fast losing customers.
Sources said the ladies who were spotted on a popular motel on ADBS Road in Asaba, the Delta State capital was led in prayer by one Ms Tracy who claimed to be the state chairperson of the group.
According to sources, Ms. Tracy who quoted bible verses including Isaiah 26: 20 however, questioned why they should stay at home for a while when their source of livelihood was hinged on going out to meet men on daily basis.
CrimeWorld reports that similar prayers were held in Benin City and Abuja, the federal capital territory for a quick end to the covid-19 pandemic.
Speaking to our correspondent in pidgin English, Tracy said, “We gathered here today to pray to our creator for an urgent end of this corona virus or whatever name it is being called because the thing is affecting us. The same prayer dey go on now for Abuja and Benin City according to the instruction of our President, Madam Joy. Although we never hear of any case for Delta but we dey pray so that e nor go come here. Apart from that, some of our customers are from other states like Port Harcourt, Benin and even Lagos. As I speak with you now, we nor dey get customers like before again; we de hungry. This work nor be am, but this is what some of us are using to feed our younger ones, send them to school and pay house rents. We nor dey enjoy am but what cam a man do? Customer now dey fear to come and patronize us because of fear of contacting the disease. When Ebola and lassa fever come, e nor be like this, even HIV AIDS…everybody now dey fear for corona-virus because of the rate wey people take dey die. Nobody wan die my brother.”
As of the time of filing this report, the National Center for Disease Control NCDC puts the number of infected persons in the country at 51 with two discharged and one death.
Already, socio-economic activities have been grounded across the country with most states asking residents to stay at home.
In Asaba, the Delta state capital, there are plans to shut down markets, schools, club houses, playgrounds and recreational centres pending when the pandemic subsides.