Sit-at-home: Sex Worker Commits Suicide In Onitsha


By Julie Sylvia, Onitsha

A commercial sex worker, (names-withheld), was said to have committed suicide in a brothel, Frontline Tourism and Hotels Ltd, in Onitsha, Anambra State, at about 9 am Monday.

This paper gathered that the deceased, who hailed from Enugu, Enugu State, had earlier the same day, swept her apartment before her untimely death.

There were two versions of to cause of death even as the brothel has been deserted by occupants, who were mostly sex workers, and neighbours.

According to a neighbour who pleaded anonymity, the deceased was said to have committed suicide on hearing that her lover-boy has just married another woman.

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“She had a boyfriend that always spent a lot of money on her. Even this last Christmas, the boy came to her with a bag of rice, #200,000, among other items and asked her to travel for Christmas and come back later.

“She traveled, lasted for one week and came back, and was told that her boyfriend had married. Since then she started behaving abnormally and just three days ago she was seen holding a rope on her hand.

“When asked why she was holding the rope she became aggressive and today, Monday, early in the morning, she swept her room and at about 9 am what we heard was that She has committed suicide in her room.

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“We saw her neck tied with a rope to the window in her room but the legs were touching the floor. So we don’t know if it is a suicide, no foam was gushing out from her mouth, but the tongue is out,” she disclosed.

Another source stated that she went into her room after sweeping her apartment and corridor, took poison and died.

The source went further to add that in a bid to play safe from arrest, concerned people put the rope on her neck to believe she committed suicide.

Contacted, the Onitsha Central Divisional Police Officer, DPO, Mr Ifeanyi Iburu, (SP), confirmed the incident adding that investigation is ongoing to unravel the circumstances leading to her demise.

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