Following a fall in the patronage of prostitutes in the popular Umunede community in Delta State, the prostitutes have taken to the use of charms to attract customers.
According to a report by Southern City News, the prostitutes recorded a low patronage in the last 6 months, hence their decision to take the bull by the horns. According to them, the charms given to them by native doctors help them to gain the love of men who in turn patronize them.
The charm, fondly called ‘men follow me’ by the prostitutes makes a man to be a loyal customer to the prostitutes. Some of the charms are said to be buried in the prostitutes’ rooms. Stella, one of the prostitutes revealed that she had to turn to the charm to make ends meet. She said: “We have to visit native doctors when we discovered that business was dwindling. About 20 of us operating here bought the charm for N20, 000 each. It is called ‘men follow me’ and it has been working for us.”
Also, sperm in used condoms were specially packaged in cellophane bags and taken to native doctors to prepare other forms of charms for the sex workers, aside the ‘men follow me’ charm.
Another commercial sex worker, Mary, said: “To get this charm prepared, the native doctors will demand for pubic hair, 21 native chalks, 21 cowries , finger nails and used pants which they use in preparing powder that would be applied on their faces before going out at night to get customers. These charms are prepared for N20, 000 and after making some money, we will buy two bottles of dry gin to thank the native doctors.”
However, aside from all the uses, one of the prostitutes revealed that it takes a toughness to stay as a prostitute. Recalling one of her experiences, another prostitute, Edith, said: “The man told me he would pay N5, 000 a night while my sister was hooked up with his friend. When he finished making love to me, he brought out N500 saying that was the only money with him. That was how the trouble started and when they wanted to fight with me, my colleagues came out from their rooms and subjected them to drink a little from the water we used in washing our private part before they were let off the hook.”
Although security agents are seen 24 hours keeping surveillance of the community, the police public relations officer in the state, Mrs. Celestine Kalu, said the policemen were stationed there to only check crime.
“Because of the busy nature of the community at night, over 21 suspected armed robbers including kidnappers had in the last two weeks been arrested. They have been charged to court after initial investigation. Umunede is not a place a decent person work at night; it is like a place for hooligans especially because of the commercial sex workers operating there. But we as security agents will keep 24 hours surveillance with a view to bringing the hoodlums to book,” she said.
Meanwhile, the National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA) on Thursday, November 26, made a shocking discovery that about 3,500 male sex workers are plying their illicit trade in Abuja.