Commercial sex workers in Tana River County, Kenya, have elected to digitize their business by forming WhatsApp groups to sustain their trade.
According to Nairobi News, the sex workers said they are yet to recover from the effects of Covid-19 despite the lifting of regulations by the government, thus forcing them to look for other means of sustaining their trade.
47-year-old Anne Makau, has been in the business for 19 years and currently chairs the group on various platforms.
“Covid-19 showed us hell, some of us abandoned the business and went back upcountry, some wrecked homes and stole husbands to survive that hard time,” she explains.
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Amid the tough times, Ms. Makau, a mother of two, says that she had to think outside the box to survive as the trade suffered heavy punches from Covid-19.
The community had started to rebel against the trade and those known to be commercial sex workers became a target to harm by society.
“We lost two girls in Garsen and Bura towns, they were beaten by unknown people and later succumbed to injuries while receiving treatment in Malindi and Mombasa respectively,” she adds.
Ms Makau notes that they were forced into forming a group of the veterans where they deliberated on other means to survive as the streets were proving insecure for the girls.
Each was tasked to call for a meeting with the girls and brainstorm on the idea of leaving the streets to meet clients online.
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