Hundreds of prostitutes flock Narok to prey on wheat farmers
20 August 2015, 15:44
Narok - Hundreds of commercial sex workers have flocked Narok County to prey on wheat farmers who are getting paid from the sale of the crop.
They are also hoping to get cash from tourists who have started streaming to Maasai Mara Game Reserve to witness the annual wildebeest migration.
The commercial sex workers come from as far as Uganda, Tanzania, Eldoret, Kericho, Nairobi and Mombasa during the wheat harvesting seasons.
Narok has approximately 80 000 hectares under the crop, making it one of the largest wheat producers in East Africa.
Records from the local branch of Chamber of Commerce and Industry show that more than KES 70 million change hands daily in the town.
“We are happy with the harvest but behind this veneer of progress is suffering brought about by sex commercial workers and criminals,” one of the farmers, who wished not to be named, said.
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He said the harvesting season in Narok attracts seasonal brothels.
“There are commercial sex workers who come during harvesting season only. They invade Kericho during tea bonus season in November and throng here in July and August. In September, they will be elsewhere,” he said.
The farmer claimed the sex commercial workers come even during the planting season to spy on who is planting wheat, size of land and the farmers’ lifestyles.
“Some of these prostitutes target buyers and owners of the combined harvesters as well,” he said.
Narok County police commander, Abdi Galgalo cautioned wheat farmers against carrying large amounts of money in their pockets during this harvest season.
He urged farmers to deposit the money from the sale of the crop in their mobile money accounts or banks.
Galgalo said security has been tightened in Melili, Olchoro, Ntulele and Suswa in Narok North sub-county, which are rich in wheat production.
“Though no case has been reported, farmers should learn from past experience, where some were robbed of up to KES 200 000,” he said.
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