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Suspected brothels operating in the guise of massage parlors closed down

24 August 2015, 09:22 Steven Njuguna

Laikipia - Laikipia County officials have closed down eight business premises near a British Army Camp in Nanyuki town on suspicion that they are brothels.

Laikipia East sub-county administrator, Alexander Mwangi said the suspected brothels were operating in the guise of massage parlors.

Mwangi noted that they received complaints from the business community operating curio shops along the Nanyuki-Doldol highway near the British Army training unit in Kenya barracks on Kenya Air force base that the owners were operating stalls as sex brothels disguised as massage parlors.

In a notice to the affected traders, he said that only eight out of 140 traders operating near the barracks were involved in the illegal trade.

Read Also: Nanyuki kept afloat by a foreign army

The affected traders have however denied that their businesses are brothels saying it was a case of business rivalry and faulted the County government for taking drastic measures against them before carrying out proper investigation.

“The curio traders who are complaining about our business are jealous because many of these soldiers come to our shops for massage and haircut,” said Martha Wanjiku, one of the affected traders.

In the notice which was dated August 11, Mwangi said the County government had not approved the businesses and therefore the structures were illegal.

He gave the businesses 14 days to demolish their illegal structures and report to his office to confirm that they have complied with the order.

Mwangi also instructed police and County enforcement officers to enforce the order.

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