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Sex workers ‘drug’ children to ease night jobs

Sex workers, eager to cash in on every opportunity have resorted to drugging their babies with sleeping pills before sneaking…

Sex workers, eager to cash in on every opportunity have resorted to drugging their babies with sleeping pills before sneaking out for work at night, The Post Newspaper has revealed.

According to the paper, many of the sex workers said babies distract them during their work with clients.  “Working with babies crying around and wanting to suck distracts us and also puts the babies in danger of abduction, a Yaounde sex worker who identifies herself as Marie Louise said.  “Sometimes tears stream down our cheeks as we watch our helpless babies laughing uncontrollably and falling asleep under the influence of these hard substances,”.

Another sex worker, said she sedated her child with antidepressants. “The pills cause the child to sleep for hours. I simply wash him in cold water if I want to wake him up, because sometimes the child oversleeps. At times I give him cooking oil.

Asked how they get the drugs, the prostitutes were rather evasive on the topic as they intimated that since these are contraband goods, the network is too complex to explain. But for other available drugs, they get them from roadside medicine sellers in the Yaounde Miniferme neighborhood.

According to health officials,  the substances used by the sex workers slow down brain activity given that they reduce consciousness levels which leads to muscle relaxation.

 

“It does not benefit the child on whom the drug is administered, but the adult administering it. All psychotropic drugs have the effect of altering a person’s mind, emotions and behavior.”

According to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crimes, (UNODC), 1.9 million people die yearly due to illicit drugs and the 2017 World Drug Report reveals that illicit drugs consumption is a disturbing obstruction to the achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, particularly Goals 3 and 16 on health and peaceful societies, respectively.

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