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Sex workers defy ban on daytime prostitution

Ndung'u Wa Gathua.
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Sex workers waiting for clients. [Source/]

When the Kiambu County Government banned daytime commercial sex activities two months ago, it termed the practice as a 'taboo' that encourages indiscipline in the society.

The county administration accused sex workers especially in Thika and Ruiru of lining on the streets even in the morning to lure potential clients.

While the ban could have taken effect in some selected areas, a spot check in many Thika town entertainment joints that operate around the clock shows that the ban has widely been ignored.

For instance, in Thika town centre two adjacent bars that are synonymous with sex workers continue to engage in the illegal business, and when clients come calling any time during the day, they aren't turned away.

Away from town to estates like Makongeni, in two brothels that operate in the estate's phases four and eight, sex workers go about their business unconcerned about the ban.

"I don't care about the ban or fear to be arrested. I do not offer my services to underage kids because I also have teenage children who look up to me. Do they want me to sleep all day and feed them on that ban?" a sex worker in one of the Makongeni brothels said on Wednesday when asked whether she was aware of the ban.

Apart from allowing the banned daytime sex hawking, these Makongeni joints whose owners are said to be 'well connected' also sell alcohol throughout the day to revellers who show up.

This is done with little regard for the existing law that regulates the sale of alcohol.

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