Some commercial sex workers in the Federal Capital Territory have decried low patronage in their business due to the scarcity of naira notes.
Some of them who spoke to the reporters on Sunday in Abuja February 19, 2023, said the scarcity of the notes is a threat and had crippled their businesses.
They said that although the currency swap policy is commendable, the current mode of implementation is a challenge to their business.
Miss Alexandra Tricia (pseudonym), a commercial sex worker, said her customers have reduced drastically due to the current ‘no cash syndrome’.
She described the development as both frustrating and slow for the business.
“The business is no longer booming like before because there is no cash anywhere. Some of my customers will come and after negotiations, they will ask if I have an account so they can transfer the money to me,” she said.
She added, “When I give them the account number, they will press their phones and tell me that they have transferred some money. The worst part of it is that you will see their own alert on their phones but most times you will not get your own alert.
“They will want you to start the service immediately without you getting an alert and when you refuse, some of them will start making trouble.
“In fact, there is one of my colleagues that a customer sent a transfer alert to but up till now, the money is still pending but she has serviced the man.”
Another sex worker, Miss Ifedi Ote (pseudonym), a university dropout, said many of her colleagues in the business had left temporarily due to the current cash crunch.