APPARENTLY due to economic hardship in the country caused by the recession, the female internally displaced persons, IDPs in Borno state have devised a means of surviving by trading sex for money. The Chairman of Network of Civil Society Organisations, CSOs in Borno State, Ahmed Shehu, during the presentation of the situational assessment of IDPs in the North-East region organised by a non- governmental Organisation, NOI Polls in Abuja yesterday made the shocking revelation that displaced women and teenagers were engaging in prostitution in order to raise money to feed their families. Shehu went further to reveal that 60 per cent of female IDPs had suffered rape and other forms of sexual harassment. He said many homes in Maiduguri and environs were now headed by teenagers whose parents had either been killed, missing or in Boko Haram captivity, even
as he predicted that the development could worsen the high incidences of sexually transmitted diseases in the state. “Many females were raped and killed while collecting firewood, particularly as they travelled farther from their communities. Many teenagers are heading their families now because their parents had been killed or captured by Boko Haram. The sad part of it is that many female internally displaced persons have gone into prostitution so that they can feed themselves.” Consequently, NOI has called on the government to address the cases of sexual abuse and rise in social vices in the IDP camps, noting that the incidences of corruption and sharp practices in the distribution of relief materials donated to the IDPs may have caused the current situation. “Majority of IDPs (93 per cent) attested that they don’t get most of the relief materials like food, clothes, medicines and so on, allocated to them by the government and donor agencies,” the report stated.

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