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19 year old Nigerian sex worker recounts the day she slept with 3 men

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Nineteen-year old Favour Samuel from Igbariola in Odu Local Government
area of Delta State is in a dilemma, after giving up her lucrative sex
work, while being three months pregnant.

Samuel’s story is that of a helpless adolescent, whose survival in life
only lies in her personal struggle, since her parents could not fend for
her.  After finishing her secondary education in her hometown, she
could not continue her education in view of  her poor background.

Then in her family, she was like the breadwinner, supporting her poor
mother to provide for the family. She also joined her friends to do
menial jobs to meet up with the family responsibilities.

At a stage, her family situation became so tough that she got tired of
bearing the hardship in the village. Thereafter, she relocated to Lagos
to ‘hustle’ to survive and continue her education.

On her arrival in July 2016, she was lucky to secure a job in a canteen at Orile where she worked for
some months, and made some money.

Remembering her family, she travelled to see them in her hometown, but,
when she returned, her employer had already replaced her and did not
make any provision for her accommodation. Samuel became homeless and
jobless.

That was the beginning of her present predicament, as she started wandering around looking for shelter and job.

She told Saturday Sun that her search for job and accommodation landed
her in a hotel where she later joined other prostitutes in the business.

“I became stranded and frustrated when I did not get anywhere to stay or
job to do. It was the search for accommodation that led me to a lady’s
house at Orile, Iganmu who offered to accommodate me. Then, I was there
managing, looking for another job.

But after sometime, the lady had accommodation problem, so I left and ended up in a hotel around the area,” she said.

According to her, she did not plan  to be a prostitute. But due to
frustration and hunger, those who accommodated her lured her into
becoming one.

 “I was doing the job and making little money, but I was not comfortable with it.

Favour had an ugly experience being a prostitute. One day, she went to a
hotel in Ajegunle for her usual ‘hustling’, and three men made love to
her consecutively to the extent that she became unconscious and could
not go home in the morning.

“Three strong men made love to me one after the other and paid me the
sum of N3,000 each. I nearly fainted in the process. I had pains all
over me. I regretted being into prostitution because I saw hell.”

She explained that she went for the Ajegunle Apapa night outing in order
to pay her hotel room rent at Orile, which was already overdue.

“So, after that, out of the N9, 000 I made that night, I used the sum of
N7, 000 to pay my weekly rent. Then, I spent the balance for my
feeding.”

Along the line, Favour met a young man who later impregnated her and could not show up to bear the responsibility.

“My boyfriend, Lawrence, an Edo boy who works as a cleaner in a bank,
impregnated me.  I knew him shortly when I joined prostitution. When I
went to where we used to meet at Ajegunle, Apapa Lagos to inform him, I
was told that he had left the place. And, I cannot get him on phone any
longer.”

With the pregnancy, which is now about three months old, she went back
to the hotel, frustrated and refused to continue her business.

One day, a Non Governmental Organisation operating in Lagos, DECSON
Savechild Life Organisation, met her at the hotel, and in the course of
an interview, she narrated her ordeal, telling them that she was tired
and no longer interested in the business.

She  appealed for support to secure a job and accommodation.

“I was in the hotel at Orile Iganmu Lagos when a man saw me and wanted
to know why I decided to be a prostitute at my age. Then, I explained to
him what happened and he took me to a pastor for counselling, when we
eventually got there, they did not allow me to see the pastor after the
church service. 

As a result, I became stranded, looking for where to sleep. I ended up
sleeping in a shop opposite the hotel. And, since then, I have been
going here and there looking for where to lay my head.”

According to her, she decided not to go back to her hometown because that would compound her problems.

“While I am suffering, I do not want to go back to my village now because my mother cannot cater for my three months pregnancy.

Meanwhile, the Chief Executive Officer of Decson Savechild Life, an NGO,
Mr. Eustace Njoku, told Saturday Sun that Favour was under the care of
his organization. He disclosed with joy that a comprehensive test had
been run on her at the Ajeromi General Hospital and that the result
showed she was HIV negative, but suffered emotional and psychological
trauma, aside a minor infection.

“When we took her to the hospital, some drugs were prescribed for her
after the tests. Fortunately, a partner NGO assisted us in paying the
hospital bill. Also the Social welfare Department of the hospital was of
assistance to us, they are responsive and accommodating. I am very
happy about that,” he said.

Njoku also informed that his NGO was patnering the Lagos State Ministry
of Women Affairs, through WAPA, and the Ministry of Youths and Social
Development on how to rehabilitate Favour.

“We have written to them and are now waiting for their response. What we
want is good health care, feeding and accommodation for her till she
delivers her baby. As I speak, she is not emotionally stable due to
frustration.

And we have tried to send her to her village, but she refused, on the
ground that she does not want to compound the problem of her mother,
whom she said couldn’t cope with her present situation. That is why we
try to rehabilitate her before taking her to her family and that will be
after her delivery. 

For us, the major challenges she has now are shelter, food and good ante
natal health care. Then after her delivery, we will be talking about
how to rehabilitate her so that she will not go back to her old life of
prostitution.”

Meanwhile, Favour could be reached on 08125594721 or 07014435594.

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