Nigerian judge rules on sex work; says it is no crime

Nigerian judge rules on sex work; says it is no crime

A High Court in Abuja, Nigeria has declared that prostitution is not a crime.

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According to Justice Binta Nyako there is no law in Nigeria that forbids sex work.

The judge went ahead to award damages to 16 women who appeared before him following their arrest for prostitution in 2017.

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Lawyer for the 16 women, Babatunde Jacob told the BBC that the court ruled that the security agents erred by violating the rights of his clients when to forcefully invaded the homes of the ladies, alleging they were sex workers.

The judge’s ruling is landmark one on the African continent , as it is the first time Nigerian court has ruled on the legality of sex work.

Security men arresting se workers is a common practice in Africa.

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In a May 2019, over 60 women were busted in Abuja for prostitution.

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The women say they were harassed, publicly shamed and extorted from. earlier reported that embattled Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of gold dealership company, Nana Appiah Mensah, has assured customers of Menzgold that he is working out modalities to pay their investments.

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