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How sex workers disguise as ‘wamama wa kuosha nguo’ to hawk sex in Nairobi’s estates

Benard Ramoka
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Commercial sex workers. Some sex workers in Nairobi are disguising as 'wamama wa kuosha nguo' to hawk sex. [Photo/]

Nairobi is among urban centres in Kenya where commercial sex trade is thriving despite the constitution declaring it illegal.

Thousands of sex workers throng city streets and estates every night in hunt for clients.

Unemployment, poverty and poor parenting are among reasons why sex trade is thriving in Nairobi city.

Sex workers in the city are nowadays using every trick to get clients as a result of stiff competition in the illegal trade.

Walking in some Nairobi estates you will meet with sex workers who sometimes even offer services for as low as Sh 20 bob.

Independent investigations have established how some sex workers are nowadays disguising as ‘wamama wa kuosha nguo' to hawk sex in some city estates.

Patricia, a sex worker in Pipeline estate in Nairobi says that they are forced to hawk sex because of high competition.

She says that they no longer wait for the night to go to the streets but prefer disguising as 'wamama wa kuosha nguo' to get clients.

“Our main target is bachelors who we are linked to by landlords especially in posh estates,” she says.

She states that they disguising themselves as ‘wamama wa kuosha nguo and knock on the single men doors.

“Once they open for us and agree tu waosheee nguo, we offer them sex at a small fee,” Monica, a sex worker operating at Tassia estate Eambakasi says.

Monica says that they go to estates where majority of people are bachelors and single men.

“The business is good so long you find a good client,” Annabel, a sex worker in Pipeline adds.

She says that going to the streets is no longer their thing.

Samson, a banker says that she fell in the sex workers trap a month ago.

“Three beautiful women knocked my door one Saturday morning requested that they wash my clothes, I agreed to the idea and we negotiated the payment, after finishing the work the ladies undressed and asked if we could 'go down' at a fee,” he narrates.

He adds that he was forced to agree to the idea since the women threatened to shout and accuse him of rape if he refused to the idea.

“I no longer accept 'wamama wawa kuosha nguo' after what I went through,” he said.


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