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Kenya prostitutes march the streets

2012-03-06 22:02

Nairobi - A group of masked male and female prostitutes marched the streets of the Kenyan capital Nairobi on Tuesday, demanding the legalisation of their trade.

Under red umbrellas and in red T-shirts, the protesters bore masks saying: "sex workers rights are human rights," and "my body, my business".

"Today we are hiding because of stigma and discrimination, because sex is our business," said one protester who gave his name only as John.

"It is only a matter of time before sex workers are decriminalised. It is not a matter of if, but when," said Peninah Mwangi, another demonstrator.

Prostitution is illegal in Kenya, but last month the Nairobi mayor suggested the practice be legalised at designated zones, sparking harsh criticism.

"We are ready to pay taxes. We would love to see sex work made legal. Sex workers are workers like any other and not criminals," said John Mathenge, the national co-ordinator of the Kenya Sex Workers Alliance.

He said they were ready for talks with the government on how their rights could be guaranteed.

Comments
  • Arsene - 2012-03-07 01:10

    Nope.

      Fortune Makoni - 2012-03-07 04:55

      some things are better off staying illegal. y jeopardize the future of our children by putting on the table a 'career' we all shall regret! the darkness and the works of darkness now protest in broad daylight! no!

  • thabo.vilakazi - 2012-03-07 12:29

    How can this mayor even think of it in that when the world is dying of HIV and AIDS. Prostitution must not be legalised it is encouraging our youth as well to do it and this will destroy the nations

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