Prostitution rife in Nigerian capital as AIDS rates soar
Yahoo! NewsThe fight against AIDS is one of the key topics of the four-day Commonwealth summit in Abuja, which opened on Friday bringing together heads of state and government from 52 mainly former British colonies. There are about 15,000 prostitutes in Abuja alone and although no formal research has been done on the prevalence of HIV and AIDS in the city, non-governmental organisations say is the infection rate is "incredibly high" as men in Nigeria tend not to use condoms. Irene Patrick, who runs a non-governmental organisation called Women's Health Education Development in Nigeria, says high class prostitutes who work at Abuja's upmarket hotels score big from wealthy clients during events like the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM).
—Posted: December 8, 2003
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