Thursday, February 2

Inside the squalid brothels of Lagos where tens of thousands of HIV-positive prostitutes carry out their 'business' (photos)

A study in 2013 found that nearly a quarter of Nigerian sex workers have HIV
A series of photographs taken in the slums of Lagos shows the faces of sex workers living in squalid conditions and the images have a tragic undercurrent, with tens of thousands of people in the sex trade diagnosed with HIV each year, and millions dying from AIDS across Nigeria.
A survey conducted last year by Daily Mail, has also highlighted that attitudes towards condom use is helping the spread of the condition, and research suggests that nearly a quarter of Nigerian sex workers have HIV.

The pictures were taken in a Lagos slum, where girls as young as 14 entertain up to five clients per day
The pictures were taken in a Lagos slum, where girls as young as 14 entertain up to five clients per day.
The pictures were taken by photographer Ton Koene in Lagos, Nigeria's largest city
The pictures were taken by photographer Ton Koene in Lagos.
A woman stands next to an advert encouraging condom use, in a country where researchers found more needs to be done to change attitudes toward safe sex
A man speaks to a woman in the Badia slum in Lagos, where hundreds of women work in the sex trade in order to survive
Studies have raised concerns over attitudes toward condom use in Nigeria
A woman in the Badia slum in Lagos, where hundreds of women work in the sex trade in order to make ends meet
Sex workers often entertain up to five clients per day in the impoverished slums in Lagos
Sex workers often entertain up to five clients per day in the impoverished slums in Lagos.
In Badia, sex workers as young as 14, trying to earn money to survive, entertain around five clients a day.
The photo series shows sex workers in the slum in Lagos, the largest city in Nigeria
The women agreed to be photographed by Ton Koene in the impoverished slum in Nigeria's largest city
A woman adjusts her makeup in the Badia slum in Lagos, Nigeria, where hundreds of women are working in the sex trade
Sex workers charge each client between two and five dollars in the poverty-stricken district
Sex workers charge each client between two and five dollars in the poverty-stricken district
A sex worker smokes a cigarette in the series of photographs taken by photographer Ton Koene
The series of photographs were taken in the Badia slum in Lagos, Nigeria
In Badia, sex workers as young as 14, trying to earn money to survive, entertain around five clients a day
Sex workers are highly at risk from contracting HIV in Lagos, where an estimated 1.2 million people have the condition
A man speaks to a woman in the poverty-stricken district in Lagos, where many women turn to the sex trade to make ends meet
A woman stands in front of an advertisement encouraging condom use in Lagos, Nigeria
A woman stands in a doorway in the Lagos slum, where many are driven to work in the sex trade in squalid conditions
Poverty-stricken sex workers charge clients between two and five dollars, and often entertain up to five a day
A woman stands in a doorway in the Badia district in Lagos

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