July 11, 2020

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Mombasa sex workers warn clients of higher prices after ‘lockdown’ is lifted

Commercial sex workers in Mombasa have warned their customers to prepare for higher “service” charges should the Government lift the intercounty travel restrictions.

This comes after Mombasa County approved the reopening of
eateries, hotels and guest houses.

Millicent Auma, a commercial sex worker in Bombolulu, told K24 Digital that the last three months
“have been the toughest in her career, which has spanned many years”.

“After the shutting of nightclubs and entertainment joints
in Mombasa by both the national and county governments, the number of my clients
reduced significantly!” she said.

“My colleagues and I have been unable to feed our families,”
added Auma.

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“We are now grateful to the County Government for reopening
eateries and tourism sites as that would make it easy for us to meet our
clients.”

Auma and her colleagues, however, warn their clients to
prepare to pay hefty costs as they (sex workers) would be forced to pay extra
for safety equipment.

“They should be ready to pay higher prices than what we used
to charge before the outbreak of COVID-19. We’ll now be forced to buy
sanitizers and face masks before getting intimate with any customer. Given we
are in business, we’ll be forced to transfer that extra cost to the clients,”
said Auma.

Mary Karen, another sex worker in Mombasa, said they — as an
association of sex workers in Mombasa — have already met and agreed on minimum
price that they’ d charge their clients.

“Before coronavirus crisis, the only extra cost we would
incur was on condoms. Now, face masks, sanitizers and other hygiene equipment
have been added to our expenses list,” said Karen.

The sex worker says the 9m-4am curfew has negatively
affected their “business”, forcing them to lower their base charge from Ksh1,
000 to even Ksh200.

“Business has gone down! Nowadays, one can even go home with
only Ksh200, and that comes from our regular clients, whom we can only get
intimate with in their vehicles, given brothels and lodgings are not
operational,” she said.

The Mombasa County Government Emergency Response Committee
on COVID-19 last week Okayed the opening of eateries in accordance with the
Ministry of Health directive.

The announcement was made by Mombasa County Commissioner
Gilbert Kitiyo.

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