Decked out in red fitting-shirts with covered faces they shouted: “Sex workers’ rights are human rights” as they demanded an end to discrimination.
Daughtie Ogutu, a founding member of the Kenya Sex Workers Alliance said that she had experienced firsthand harassment by the ruthless city askaris.
They also demanded an end to discrimination that they face in healthcare facilities and while seeking access to legal aid.
Ogutu said: “It is time that the society stops its hypocrisy on sex workers; they are human beings and have human rights. We are demanding that the government should (sic) recognise our rights.”
The male and female sex workers said the industry should be legalised as it is generating money from which the government can raise revenue.
“We are ready to pay taxes; we would love to if sex work is made legal. Sex workers are workers like any other and not criminals,” said John Mathenge the national coordinator of the Kenya Sex workers Alliance.
In case you’re wondering, “askarai” is the Arabic world for “soldier,” which in Nairobi is apparently used to mean something akin to municipal policeman.