Like Mary, hundreds of young girls parade through clubs, brothels and streets of downtown Nairobi. It’s Saturday night and Relaxing Inn or the Eureka Club are full to bursting. “We charge only 300 Kenyan Shillings (about 3 €) for a blowjob”, says one of the girls to a group of guys who stroll through River Road in search of casual s8x. But she has been unlucky, and the boys pass by. “Today I am not on a roll, but on a good night I can make up to 4,000 Kenyan Shillings (about 40 €)”, she complaints.
At first glance they seem strong girls, but most of them have suffered episodes of gender violence while serving as s8x workers. From drunken customers or ruthless machoes, a broad amalgam of abusers hide in the crowd of regulars in the brothels of Nairobi. And it is to defend their rights that BHESP borned in 1998.
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