Poverty pushing married women into commercial sex work
28 June 2016, 19:43
Nakuru - In the recent past there have been complains from both religious and political leaders in Nakuru county over the increase in number of women engaging in commercial sex work activities.
Not only is sex work becoming a common activity within the streets of Nakuru town, but more worrying is the number of married and elderly women engaging in the trade.
Many questions have been asked on why married women in Nakuru town are continually engaging in sex trade.
According to the Nakuru straight up society, a community based organization; most married women are driven to engaging in the illicit trade due to poverty and harsh economic times.
A research carried out by the CBO whose results have been released Tuesday morning, shows that 90% of married women, who engage in commercial sex work, do it because they need to supplement what their husbands bring home.
Majority of those interviewed indicated that life became economically unbearable and they had no option than venturing into sex work to make ends meet.
“Many married women engaging in commercial sex work are aged between 25-45 years and many of them say that poverty forced them into the trade. Most of them have husbands who are in employment but what their husbands bring home is not enough to cater for the families,” says the report.
Grace Mwangi, the CBO’s lead researcher said that the married women they interviewed said that they know what they are doing is wrong but they have no option.
“They told us that they know it’s wrong to do what they are doing but they can’t just avoid because they have to take care of their families,” she said.
The report further indicates that women interviewed said that their husbands are not aware of their engagement in commercial sex work.
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