Sex workers' dilemma amid Covid-19

Sex workers in Kisumu in 2017 protested against attacks during their trade. Covid-19 has negatively impacted their work and they now demand State supplies to survive. PHOTO | POOL | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • Closure of bars, restaurants and clubs has rendered 90 per cent of sex workers jobless.
  • Sex workers gamble with their lungs and lives to pay for food and rent amid Covid-19.
  • Curfew, lockdown have plunged sex workers into destitution;  many are less likely to report sexual violence to the police.
  • In Mombasa, sex workers are calling on county and national governments to  include them among beneficiaries of relief supplies.
  • Sex work is illegal in Kenya.

At 6.30pm every evening, Emelda Ngieno’s alarm clock buzzes her out of a deep sleep. As the sun sets, she gets up, throws on tonight’s chosen outfit and heads to her designated location: Pipeline, a crowded estate in Nairobi’s Eastlands. 

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