Business has taken an unpalatable tiding for younger sex workers in Nyeri and they are unhappy about it.
The girls claim that since last year, older women have been edging them out of the lucrative trade.
One of them told the starndard that the older women have been forced to become prostitutes due to desperation and lack of income, adding that most of them were rendered jobless after Covid-19 struck and opted to try their luck in the age-old business.
“It is not fair. These women are inexperienced and very aggressive. They mock us, insult us. Most of them are above 40 years old. They are desperate since they don’t have jobs,” she said, adding that some of them left their husbands after they lost their jobs.
She said that in the past, she would witness only a few faces at her spot, but nowadays, more than ten women and girls will flock there.
Purity was also unamused by the hypocrisy of the new, older entrants
“Some of them are staunch Christians. They will attend church service on Sunday and later in the evening come to the streets. It is laughable. Why would someone lead a double life? They decide to decide if they belong to God or to the streets,”
With Covid restrictions, the girls said that they have been forced to change tack. Clients now call and book them on specific dates while regular ones get home visits.
“What happens is you chat on social media and make an appointment and agree on a fee and time. Further, due to Covid, lodgings and bars are expensive, so we have decided to go online,” said, Mumbi, who has been in the business for years.
“Home visits come with a lot of danger. You will travel to an unknown location and due to curfew hours, you have to spend the night with the client. Before Covid 19, we use to charge per hour but now we have to charge overnight and hope that come morning, the client will pay up and not become violent,” she said.
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