Prostitutes stranded as tycoon turns hook up joint into shopping mall
08 September 2016, 09:43
Mombasa - It is no longer business as usual for commercial sex workers in Mombasa as the famous prostitution zone by the name ‘saba saba’ has been shut down.
This was after the famous ‘City millennium night club’ which was the main prostitution corner at ‘Saba saba’ area in Mombasa was bought by a Somali tycoon.
The tycoon known as Abdulkadir Idris Osman is said to have bought the club which had a bar, restaurant and lodging at a whooping KES 400 million in July and gave the owner two months to clear the place before he can invest in other businesses.
The former owner, Peter Karanja was too slow in vacating the place before Osman came in with his family and threw everyone out including those who were enjoying their cold beers on Sunday afternoon.
The tycoon cleared the club by throwing beers, chairs and tables and warned that no prostitute will be allowed to operate around his premises since he wanted to demolish the club and construct a mega shopping mall within the area.
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“This is my property now; I will not allow any evil activities including prostitution, alcohol or any other things which are not allowed in our Islamic religion,” he said.
He warned that any commercial sex worker found in his premises will be dealt with them mercilessly.
“Let them go to Casablanca along Moi avenue and Mtwapa or any other areas where they can continue with their evil deeds but not around my premise. City millennium night club is officially shut down,” he added.
However, some of the commercial sex workers said that it will be a great challenge for them to move out of the famous ‘saba saba’ prostitution zone since Casablanca and Mtwapa areas are full.
“Some of us are parents and others college and university students. This is our basic economic activity; where shall we go?” posed Dotty, one of the sex workers who has operated from the joint for the last six years.
Locals have lauded the move saying that the vice was quickly being adopted by young women who are still under the care of their parents.
The demolition of the old City millennium club is already on course.
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