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Nightfall in Calabar, Cross River State capital, is an interesting experience as the good, the bad, and the absurd take place under the cover of darkness. The most interesting aspect of the nightfall or the bizarre part of it, if you choose to call it that, is the sudden flooding of the streets by commercial sex workers who, like fireflies enthralled by the coming of darkness, leave their places of abode to hang around highbrow areas of the city in search of clients.
In years past, the practice was for these girls, in groups of two or three, for fear of being recognised by friends, neighbours or fellow classmates in the case of university students, to select secluded areas or dark spots along the red light zones to display their wares, like buttocks, breasts or faces or whichever part of their bodies they felt hold the best attraction for men.
They would stay in such places for hours until someone comes up to offer an acceptable price; then they would go with him for the night or short time and later return to the same spot. However, things have since changed and that era seems long forgotten as the girls now have become wary of some clients or watch out for hoodlums who attack them at night.
Many of them had gone through very harrowing experiences in the hands of some of the clients. These days anyone who dares to stand in a secluded area is either new in the trade or is simply courting trouble and would have herself to blame as she would most certainly be attacked.
Miscreants find these girls as soft targets as they can, under the pretext of seeking to strike a bargain for sex, get close to them but soon turn round to attack them and dispossess them of their phones, necklaces, and any money they may have made that night.
Any attempt to resist, they are usually inflicted with machete or razor blade cuts on their arms or faces to teach them a lesson. In some instances, the girls are deceived to board cars by rapists after striking a bargain with them and take them to secluded areas, rape them and thereafter dispossess them of their phones.
These attacks have left many of these daughters of the night with scars of different sizes on their wrists, faces and breasts as they attempt to resist rape or robbery attack. These frequent attacks by hoodlums have scared the girls to abandon the shame of being recognised away and keep within limits of crowded areas or of bright light.
One of the commercial sex workers, Mabel, told Sunday Vanguard that when she started the trade in Augustshe lost her ipad and phones to thieves and was stabbed on the hand which caused her great grief. According to her, she now carries a sharp razor strapped to her breasts where she can easily reach it to attack anyone who attempts to molest her and does not go out with her phones or any expensive item on her body because those are what the rouges are often after.
Supreme, a six-footer, whose ubiquitous presence and glittering dark skin on Atekong Drive each night cannot go unnoticed by anyone seeking the service of commercial sex worker, said she and her friends had been raped severally by the hoodlums who, after satisfying their sexual urge, carted away their phones and valuables. Some three boys, without much haggling, gave me and my friends N5, each even before we agreed to enter their car.
But when we got to some dark spot along Iso Oqua where they claimed they lived, we were ordered out of the car and they serially raped us. Now, she says, as a precaution, she does not follow anyone to a secluded area because he claims he does not have money to pay for a hotel room; so they should do it in the car or in an uncompleted building. Jane said she had been drugged by a client in a hotel room and left naked while the man took away her handbag which contained her phone and other girlie things.
Even with these sordid tales, the girls keep flooding the streets every night with new ones ing the easy virtue trade for reasons bordering on survival, or to raise funds to live flamboyant life styles or simply out of uncontrollable sex drive. Ms Augusta, a resident of Effangamkpa in the State Housing Estate where the girls parade every night, told Sunday Vanguard that it is hard to tell what keeps the girls swarming Lady looking sex Cross River streets inspite of the risks and dangers involved in such practice.
She said some girls had lost their lives as some people pose as customers and lure them to secluded areas, murder them and remove their body parts and yet that has not stopped the girls from going into the streets every night. Ken, a security personnel at Paradise City Hotel, now defunct, located on Atekong Drive, the prime location for the sex trade, said the girls would keep on with the business as long as men patronise them.
He said some men, after taking a drink or two, are aroused by the sight of the almost naked bodies of the young girls parading the drinking parlours and take them into their cars and drive to secluded areas for one or two rounds of sex to satisfy their urge. He said even some highly respected men in Calabar patronise the girls and pay them well. According to him, though the man and the girl were allowed to go, the man had to part with some money which was to teach him a lesson.
Mr John Eluu, the Cross River State Police Command spokesman, said a team of policemen is stationed in areas the girls parade each night but cannot arrest them since they are not in a brothel. By Emmanuel Unah Nightfall in Calabar, Cross River State capital, is an interesting experience as the good, the bad, and the absurd take place under the cover of darkness. Disclaimer Comments expressed here do not reflect the opinions of vanguard newspapers or any employee thereof.Lady looking sex Cross River
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