Brussels to name street after murdered Nigerian sex worker, Eunice Osayande

Brussels to name street after murdered Nigerian sex worker, Eunice Osayande

The city of Brussels has said it will name a new street after a murdered Nigerian sex worker, Eunice Osayande, as part of a wider campaign to recognise women in Belgium.

23-year-old Osayande was brutally murdered by one of her customers in the Gare du Nord district in June 2018.

The street will be the first named after a sex worker in the country, according to Belgium broadcaster RTBF.

The street that will carry her eponym will connect the Quai de Willebroeck and the Quai des Péniches, nearby the North Station, behind which Osayande was murdered.

Five years ago, Osayande came into the hands of a gang of men who promised her a brighter future and work in Europe, leading her, alongside some other girls, to begin her difficult journey to Belgium, which included crossing over to Italy on a rubber boat, and being raped multiple times.

Upon arrival in Brussels in 2016, she was immediately forced into prostitution and had to pay her pimps €45,000 for the smuggling, as well as paying rent for a filthy flat where she lived together with several other victims.

In June 2018, she was stabbed with 17 knives by a disgruntled customer, a 17-year-old man who was arrested two weeks later. He is awaiting trial.

In January this year, the four people involved in her smuggling were sentenced to between 33 months and four years in prison.

In the weeks leading up to her death, she had contacted a sex worker charity and told them she was experiencing violence and intimidation while working. She feared she couldn't go to the police because she was an undocumented migrant.

Protests led by the migrant sex worker community in Brussels soon erupted. The marchers demanded better working conditions and called on local authorities to create clear legal guidelines for the sector.Latest Post