A brothel owner Mr. Osagie (other name withheld) at Ugbague in Oredo Local Government Area of Edo State, Friday, April 4, evicted prostitutes occupying his building for fear of the spread of the Novel Coronavirus.
He said the eviction became necessary because of the way the virus spreads from person-to-person, adding that there is high possibility that if one of the prostitutes contracts it, she might spread it to other colleagues.
“I asked the prostitutes occupying my buildings to go home and meet their children and families at their various states.
“They should go home because any man who has the virus, may be he comes from other states and he has the virus and infected them with the virus, they can easily transfer it among everybody here.
“Like me now, I have children and I can’t ask my children not to embrace me and you know that these prostitutes are occupying my buildings and I am the one managing the facilities and so I am afraid, so, that is why I asked them to go home and stay with their children at home until the Corona virus of a thing dies down.
“My brother, it is better to die of hunger than to die of a disease”, he said.
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He said those still hanging around are those who could not travel to their states because of the closure of the inter-state borders.
The brothel manager said he has spent over N2,000 in taking care of those who couldn’t travel back to their states.
He thanked the governor of the state for the partial lockeddown, noting that while other states have completely shut down their borders, the Edo State government has decided to be lenient with its citizens.
He said though a brothel business has not been legalized in the country, he still has it as a duty to help curtail the spread of the virus, hence he decided to ask those occupying his buildings to take a break and go home.