‘To Our bosses, We Are Just S8ex Tools’ – Female Seafarers’ Makes Shocking Revelation

After a two-hour interview with the middle-aged dark-complexioned man in his office on Victoria Island, Lagos, Sarah Abiodun, a marine engineer, thought she had secured a job with the shipping company.

“He told me I performed excellently. I felt good. I also knew I did. I was well prepared for the interview. I have what any shipping company could be looking for. I have the needed quality, skill and certification to excel on the job,” she said.

But within few minutes after the interview, her optimism turned sour. She would later learn that getting a job at the company was not just about performing well at an interview.

She said;

“He said I needed to come and spend one weekend with him at a posh hotel in Lekki. I asked him what that was all about. He replied, ‘Don’t tell me you don’t know what I’m asking for. You are not a kid. You have all it takes to work here.’ I was heartbroken. I knew I had lost the job right there because I wouldn’t sleep with a man to get any job in my life.”

Abiodun left sorrowfully that day, but few days later, she got another call for an interview at a shipping firm in Apapa, where there are a number of ports and terminals operated by the Nigerian Ports Authority and commercial offices of many shipping, clearing and transportation companies.

“After the interview, my interviewer wanted us to have sex right there in his office. I had to take to my heels immediately,” she said.

Since then, Abiodun, who was trained at the Arab Academy for Science and Technology and Maritime Transport, Alexandria, Egypt, has been worried whether she would be able to practise her profession.

“They are always asking for sex before they would employ me and I’m tired. I have friends who are experiencing the same thing,” she lamented.

Apart from sexual harassment, Abiodun said she had also been facing gender discrimination by some shipping companies who said they wouldn’t employ her because she is a woman.

She said,

“Other companies I’ve applied to, they told me it was their policy not to employ women. This gender discrimination started when I was in school. Some lecturers treated us as equals to men. However, I was surprised that while doing some courses and certifications, some lecturers asked us what we women were doing in the academy.

“But the question that usually popped in my mind was why did they admit us in the first place? Didn’t they see that we were women? While going for job interviews, I am surprised that this question always comes up. Why do shipping firms discriminate against us? If I don’t work, my certificate will expire in January 2017 and I have to renew it. But how can I renew it when I have not yet started working and don’t have money?”

Abiodun is even more bothered because even though she has not yet started working, she has started facing sexual harassment and gender discrimination.

“What will now happen when I finally secure a job?” she asked.


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  • Mezzy Gilbert

    Some men re just useless

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  • Justice Elmer

    Dou you work for population census commission… Or you are in competition with someone over who would sleep with the most women

  • Justice Elmer

    I wish I knew.. You have a wife, aside her you might even have a girl friend, and yet you still want to sleep with anyone you come by

  • Justice Elmer

    Butbwhy are some men like that??

  • Justice Elmer

    All the abuse less mehn all around

  • Justice Elmer

    That’s Nigeria for you..

  • chika bibian

    Too bad and is so common in niaja….iThis is one of the reasons why some men don’t allow their wives to work rather they prefer them to do business.

  • kayode akinsanya

    Why some men don’t have human feeling again, which world kind is this. Too bad

  • emekachilaka

    madam just have to forget the pass for things like this in this country cause it we only pully you back if you keeping thinking about discrimination in this country discrimination is one big problem facing the whole of Africa which is very bad

  • Cornel Nwankwo

    Gender discrimination is not good at all, it discourages the ladies in their choice of courses.

    As for sex and work, that has being the order of the day here in Nigeria, some girls appreciate it because most of them fail to prepare for what we call interview and thereby stealing the spaces meant for the boys who might have submitted their CV’s earlier enough with the kind gestures of their body.

  • Olovo Obinna

    That’s nigeria for u….job is now something else,,sex n money….

  • Really shameful…. Too bad …sexual harassment… Everywhere smh

  • WillieBravo

    Hmmmm! Serial harassment happens so often in offices these days it don’t surprise me anymore.