Commercial sex workers count losses during census

Commercial sex workers in Nairobi lost at least sh 50 million during the 2019 census exercise.

This followed a directive by Interior Cabinet Secretary (CS) Dr. Fred Matiang’i to have all bars closed at 5 pm between August 24 and 25.

Bar Hostess Empowerment and Support Programme (BHESP) CEO Peninah Mwangi, who spoke to the Nairobian termed the order by the CS as huge blow to the sex workers.

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Ms Mwangi disclosed that being an end month it was the peak of the business to the sex workers with who majority depend largely on the business.

“Around Sh50 million was lost over the weekend alone. It is sad because many are taking their children back to school next week, maybe it could have favoured them had it been conducted earlier or later,” she said.

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“Saturday determines the pace of the weekend. Our girls were going to make good money as the weekend fell at the end of the month. This has been quite a blow and the girls will have to hustle extra hard until the end of September,” added Peninah.

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The CEO noted that there are 20,000 registered sex workers in Nairobi and they take home around Sh10,000.

The order was meant to ensure all people were in their houses during the counting process.



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