I imagine it must be very difficult to be a sex worker in a country like Kenya where the legal infrastructure has criminalized only the supply side of the industry. It is common to see the police conduct a crackdown time to time, where women dressed in skimpy dresses from dingy lodging get huddled into the back of a police cars. Yet, the owners of these dingy lodging rarely get the ‘full force of the law’ applied to them.
If the women actually make it to the police station, or they get coercion into giving bribes in exchange for their freedom is a different story. In this article, we are going to shade some light to the dangerous world of sex work in Kenya and other countries where it is illegal.
The sex workers (including men) in Kenya are earning their daily bread the dangerous way. In a society where there is stigmatization of prostitution, and violence perpetrated against sex workers is generally accepted. A woman who walks into a hospital after sex work encounter gone wrong, the nurses (even the female nurses) often shy away from …read more