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Nakuru older women increasingly engaging in sex work

26 April 2016, 16:48

Nakuru - A Nakuru based civil society group has raised concerns over the increase in the number of older women engaging in commercial sex work within Nakuru town and its estates.

The Nakuru women empowerment group said that the habit of older women engaging in commercial sex work is increasingly becoming common in low income estates and down town streets in Nakuru.

Speaking Tuesday in Nakuru town when they launched the Rejesha mama nyumbani campaign, the group through its chairlady Priscilla Ndwegwa said that it is embarrassing to see women as old as 50 years lining the streets to peddle their flesh.

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Mrs. Ndwegwa said the habit is ruining the moral standing of the society in Nakuru and setting a bad example to the younger generation.

“It is saddening that when you walk along some streets in downtown Nakuru and in most low income estates you will see older women openly engaging in commercial sex work even during the day and they are proud of what they are doing,” she said.

“This is something that the society should condemn and fight and that is why today we are launching the rejesha mama nyumbani campaign which aims at getting these women out of the streets and trying to rehabilitate them,” she added.

Through the program the civil society group will try to convince the women to quit sex work and be rehabilitated by getting funding to open ad run small businesses.

Most women who engage in the trade use poverty and lack of employment as an excuse.

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