The business of fairly-used female underwear now enjoy high patronage among the womenfolk in Umuahia, Abia, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
The dealers of the materials locally called “okrika’’, are also recording high traffic of customers daily from neighbouring communities to the state capital.
Some of the women, mainly middle-aged, who shoved themselves around to enable them pick their choice of the underwear at Isi Gate Market, Umuahia, told NAN that they preferred the “okrika’’, especially pants, to new ones.
One of them, who made selections of different colours and designs, said she and most women now preferred the fairly-used underwear often imported from abroad.
Asked if she was not ashamed being seen buying the materials, the lady who pleaded anonymity, queried why she should be ashamed of her choice of underwear.
“Ashamed of what? Ashamed of something good? Ask this seller, l am her very good customer.
“As a matter of fact, she always alerts me whenever she has new consignment. The fairly-used underwear is durable.
“I don’t just buy them because they are cheap, but because they are of good quality.
“I usually buy the sexy ones and I feel very comfortable whenever I wear it. My husband usually tells me they are good on me, too,” she said.
A male passer-by, who spoke to NAN on the issue, on condition of anonymity, attributed the high patronage of the second-hand pants and other briefs to the nation’s bad economy.
“It is not only underwear that our women scramble for, they buy all sorts of fairly used wears. Anytime I pass this place I see them gather round the sellers, picking all manner of used clothes.
According to her, if the underwear has been used by people that are ill, people that have one skin infection or the other and the buyer doesn’t treat it well, it could be a medium to contact infection.
“Common ones among them are fungi infections. So, a lady can be affected with a fungi infection called genital warts.
“It is advisable to treat the underwear properly, either with hot water or disinfectants, before use,” she said.