National Sex Workers Association wants the federal government to legalise their profession, to curb the spread of HIV/Aids and other STDs.
Their coordinator, Amaka Enemo, explained that some clients demand sex without the use of a condom while law enforcement agents, after raiding brothels, demand unprotected sex from prostitutes, who have no money to bail themselves.
PM News reported that Amaka said that when prostitution ceases to be seen as a criminal act, there would be more healthy people in the society.
She added that government would also benefit from sex workers because they would pay tax like they do in Amsterdam, where sex work is legalised.
Amaka, who has been in business for 10 years, explained that studies had shown that countries, where prostitution is legal, had lower cases of sexually transmitted diseases, unlike Nigeria, that has the second highest risk of HIV worldwide.
When they are arrested, some of the law enforcement agents demand and conduct unprotected sexual acts with the sex workers who do not have money.
This exposes the sex workers to the risk of contracting HIV and other sexually transmitted infections.
If a sex worker is infected with HIV and sleeps with a man and transmit the disease to him, the man will eventually transmit the infection to either his wife or girl friend and others.
The best thing to do is to support them, decriminalise their work so that they can do their work in a human environment.