Commercial Sex Works (CSWs) in Kilifi town has urged the government to classify their services as essential services as the country prepares for a national 7pm-5am curfew over coronavirus.
Speaking on Thursday at the Majivuni guest house, the CSWs urged the government to allow them continue with their work as it does not pose any risk to spreading the coronavirus.
“We are stationed here and have taken all preventive measures including hand washing facilities. This is like a home setting. We have been sensitizing each other on the best practices and we can even provide quarantine services here as we have enough space here,” said one of the harlots who sort anonymity.
Though they provide services 24 hours, the CSWs said their business booms during night hours.
“This curfew is threatening our business. The government should consider us by making sure we are not disturbed while in the line of duty. Police officers should not harass us when we are waiting for clients outside the house,” said the CSW
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Both the national and county government have imposed a raft of measures to curb the spread of coronavirus.
Among the measure include the daily national curfew from 7pm-5am, closing of industries in the county and banning of boda boda business.
“The banning of bodaboda has already dealt a blow to our business as our clients use the means of transport to come here or taking us to other areas. The government should consider us because we too have children to feed,” she added.
Asked whether they plan to hike prices, the CSWs said they are even considering lowering the prices to attract more clients.
“We know it will be expensive for clients to come here because boda bodas are not operating anymore. That’s why we have decided to lower the price to make sure our clients do not feel the heat,” she said
They also said the closure of bars has also dealt them a blow as bars offer read market for their ‘product’.