Ugandan, Kenyan sex workers clash
07 June 2016, 13:53
Kampala - Ugandan and Kenyan sex workers at Naluwerere trading center along Mombasa-Kampala-Kigali highway clashed last night over prices.
Naluwerere trading center is about 30 km from the Kenya border and many drivers of trucks which ferry goods from Mombasa to Uganda, Rwanda, Democratic Republic of Congo and Burundi spend nights there because of the many sex workers.
They exchanged blows and it took the intervention of local leaders to separate them. Two of the Kenyan sex workers sustained minor injuries.
Ugandan sex workers accused the Kenyan sex workers of invading their market and lowering prices hence making customers to shun the Ugandans.
According to one of the Ugandan sex workers' leaders, Naomi Nekesa, a group of 6 sex workers from Kenya recently invaded Naluwerere.
She said, ''The Kenyan sex workers who invaded our space are still young and beautiful. They reduced prices for the services by half. Where we demand for UGX 20 000, they ask for UGX 10 000 making the men to abandon us go them.''
Nekesa said that they cannot allow the Kenyans to take over their trade because that is their source of income. She has requested them to either increase their prices or leave the place.
One of the Kenyan sex workers, Esther Nyambura said it was unfortunate that the Uganda sex workers resorted to beating them up instead of discussing the matter.
She said they have now agreed to also be charging UGX 20 000 per service rendered.
The chairperson of Naluwerere sex traders association, Jamila Nanono is also bitter about the new sex workers' move to lower their prices.
She said her organization wanted to start charging a registration fee of UGX 20 000 per month as one of the ways of phasing out those who charge cheaply for their services.
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