- Post 29 September 2008
- Last Updated on 27 July 2011
- By Harry Nasir Dirisu
Nigerian prostitutes stormed Denmark
by Harry Nasir Dirisu.
Prostitution is an old profession in the history of humanity they say – it has been a controversial topic of discussion – societies around the world have different views about it underpinned by cultural, religious or ethic orientation. And individually, people also have respective opinion about prostitution.
Nigerian prostitutes have stormed and hijacked Istedgade, a popular street beside Copenhagen central station, Denmark – a street known for its pornographic pictures, drug addicts’ domicile, petty drug racketeers’ paradise and so on – the girls have consolidated and converted the place to an Edo night market of prostitution trade.
They clinch around there in flock every night scrambling for customers like hungry ferocious lions. Some are so fierce that they grab passers-by confronting them with all sorts of sexual offers.
This boils down to different kinds of customers: men having physical or mental difficulties, old, young, slim, fat and generally unattractive and disgusting people. Some disgruntled clients pay money to abuse them. These girls have opportunities to strive in many other walks of life.
However, the Danish police are not turning deaf ear to the illicit trade. I watched a documentary program recently on how Nigerian girls are being confronted at Copenhagen airport with a notion that, they come to Denmark to prostitute. What an image or insult! Flights from Italy are usually the main targets.
Prostitution by law is not illegal in Denmark but street prostitution is. And paying somebody below the age of eighteen for any form of sexual intimacy is illegal. However, somebody who does prostitution for living should be registered in order to pay tax. They are not entitled to benefits or incentives other professions enjoy, for instance, financial support in case of sickness, retirement savings, labour union support etc.
There is a big contrast between Denmark and other Nordic countries in this regard: Sweden enacted law in 1999 prohibiting any form of payment for sexual intimacy, in other words, prostitution is illegal in Sweden – Finland did the same in 2006 – from the first of October 2008 the same law will be applicable in Norway.
Apparently, these laws are pushing prostitutes to Denmark. Some innocent girls are hoodwinked and bamboozled by so-called pimps and madams in Nigeria. The reasons why people travel from Africa to prostitute in cold European countries are other topics of discussion! It is not a hidden fact that some people capitalize on some of the girls’ background for their own selfish financial interest. Human trafficking is a breach of law and the police are working to unravel the mystery of illegal and legal immigrants’ inflow involved in illicit street prostitution.
It is melancholic that these few impudent girls distort fact about our women. Some readers of this article might wonder why the hullabaloo about something already in public domain. The fact is this, daily increment of Nigerian street prostitutes has raised alarm in Denmark: politicians are busy debating about it while the media are writing and running documentary programmes on it. To me, it is appalling. And obviously many of us having Nigerian background living in Denmark are concerned – especially when confronted with Danish mainstream of Nigerians street prostitution – it’s uncomfortable and it has become part of our challenges. In a civilized society, individual has right or freedom to decide how to use his or her body. But when the act contravenes legal rules of a society it becomes illigal. Street prostitution is illegal in Denmark period. And if that’s what they chose “prostitution”, why cant they play the game by its rule?
Based on empirical research, it is difficult for people to quit the trade. They are strongly convinced that there is nothing wrong with the trade when in it. Some of its repercussions are: depression, isolation, low self-esteem and worst scenario, deadly diseases.
I must quickly establish here that, my aim in this article is not to discus mix blessings of prostitution as a profession – I leave that to my readers – but am convinced that our decent, educated hard working respected women will convince Danish authority never to generalize when confronted at Copenhagen airport or anywhere in Denmark. No matter what, we love Nigeria and we keep hoping for the best for her.