Much has been said and debated on how commercial sex is thriving in Mlolongo town and its neighboring towns such as Kyumbi that is also located along the busy Nairobi-Mombasa highway.
The sex trade is not only in Mlolongo or Kyumbi but is conducted in other towns across the country.
Unemployment and poverty are its major causes.
The situation is alarming as young teenage girls are now being recruited into the illicit trade abandoning their education and families.
In Mlolongo especially around ‘Madharau’ Street, commercial sex is normal business.
As early as 6.00 PM, you will spot twilight girls dressed skimpily, hunting for clients.
Mlolongo sex workers never shy away from conducting their business.
However, these sex workers have a preference for certain clients compared to others.
Here are four clients Mlolongo sex workers desire:
1. Married men
The sex workers say married clients are good to do business with.
Mercy, a sex worker in Mlolongo claims that these clients are polite and cooperate when it comes to payments.
She adds that these clients are loaded and will often leave you with an extra coin.
“We prefer married clients because they understand the 'thing' and will not spend much time on you,” Mercy says.
2. University clients
Mercy says that these are their biggest clients.
She claims that university and college clients go hunting for them (commercial sex workers).
“We love university clients because they have the money and we don’t care to share the school fees money,” she says.
The sex workers add that university clients keep on coming whenever they have cash.
“Our best harvest on university clients in January, May, and September when they start their academic programs,” the sex workers said.
3. Truck drivers
Mlolongo sex workers say that long-distance truck drivers are there biggest customers.
They say that these men are sexually starved and will give any amount to get services from them. The presence of the weigh-bridge at Mlolongo makes it easy for commercial sex to thrive.
“These men go for months without sex and when they reach they are starved making a good business for us,” Mercy said.
Statistics by the National Aids Council of Kenya shows that a larger percentage of new HIV/Aids infection is as a result of commercial sex.
While commercial sex is a personal choice, psychological Counselors and Human rights activists urge the government to chip in by creating job opportunities for the unemployed youth who are being lured into the illicit trade.
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