Nakuru sex workers to suspend services on election day
More than 600 commercial sex workers in Nakuru Town, who are registered as voters in the county, have agreed to suspend their services on August 7 to allow them to vote.
The sex workers have also agreed to maintain peace during and after the general election.
Led by their spokesperson Lucia Njeri, the commercial sex workers on Tuesday resolved to suspend their activities to exercise their democratic right.
“We have unanimously agreed to suspend our activities on August 7 so that we can vote on August 8. We need development-oriented leaders who can help us get better jobs in future, “said Ms Njeri.
”We will also maintain peace. Those in politics are seeking employment and we should not allow their differences to split us.
She said after a series of meetings, they had resolved that they will not be misused to cause chaos by politicians.
The sex workers, during the night, occupy major streets in Nakuru town including Kanu street – the town’sred-light district -, Gusii road, Nehru Pandit road and the Kenyatta Avenue.
It is estimated that Nakuru has more than 1,000 sex workers.
They can also be found at Salgaa, Pipeline and Kikopey areas along the busy Nairobi-Nakuru-Eldoret highway.
Sex workers in Nakuru town have formed an umbrella advocacy outfit called Smart Ladies through which they advance their grievances.