By Leonard Okachie
The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has decried the recent arrest of sex workers and closure of brothels in Umuahia, the Abia capital, on the orders of the state government.
Ms Uche Nwokocha, the Coordinator of NHRC in Abia, described the action as as “the criminalisation of poverty” by the government and its agencies.
Nwokocha said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Umuahia on Wednesday.
NAN reports that the state government had ordered the immediate shutdown of some brothels in the state capital, alleging that they had become hideouts for crminials.
It also directed security agencies to rid the brothels of suspected hoodlums, a situation which led to the arrest of the sex workers by the police.
However, the NHRC boss described the action as an abuse of the right of the sex workers, adding that the arrested ladies were being punished because they were…