In Kenya, a country where 34 to 42% of the population is poor, according to the World Bank, Pr0stitut!on becomes a rampant survival strategy, although illegal. Across the country, more than 200,000 workers operate in the s8x business. Nairobi alone, have more than 40,000 s8x workers. However, the lack of regulation in the sector leads to systematic violations of women’s rights. Social stigma. Violence by customers or police. Unjustified arrests. And the situation can drive to serious physical and mental consequences.
Mary doesn’t like to say she is a prostitute, she prefers to call herself a s8x worker. Since two years ago, when she began working with the organization Bar Hostess Empowerment & Support Programme (BHESP), she acquired confidence and learned to advocate for her rights and those of her partners. “My daughter and my mother, they know that I work for the rights of s8x workers. What they don’t know is that I am also working as such, because this business gives a lot of money and at the end, you can’t stop”, admits the young lady.
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