Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiangi’s directive on the closure of bars and other social entertainment places countrywide has cost commercial sex workers a fortune.
The Bar Hostess Empowerment and Support Program (BHESP) has revealed incredible claims of the alleged loss of Ksh 50 Million by commercial sex workers in two days.
Government’s directive, that forced people out of the streets and into their homes on the nights of August 24, and 25 to be counted, has impacted great consequence to the members of BHESP.
Speaking on Wednesday, the program CEO Penina Mwangi criticized the decision by Interior CS Fred for initiating that order, which deprived bars and lodgings of clients that are a major source of income for sex workers.
Weekends have always been the better days for the commercial sex workers, and being the weekend lied on end month it was an added advantage for them.
“Saturday was supposed to be a good day for them and coupled with the fact that it was the end of the month, the commercial sex workers and owners of bars and lodgings were headed for a windfall, but CS Matiang’ i spoiled the show for all of them,” she stated.
According to the CEO, there are over 20,000 registered sex workers aged between 18 and 35 years who are based in Nairobi alone, with each taking home around Ksh10,000 on a good night.
MS. Mwangi also claimed that many of the commercial sex workers in the city would be in a bad place in terms of meeting the financial needs of their children who will be going back to school.
“It is sad because they are taking their children back to school next week. Maybe it could have favored them had it been conducted earlier or later. This has been quite a blow and the girls will have to hustle extra hard until the end of September,” she said.
Many hotels and lodging adhered to no-nonsense Cabinet Secretary’s order and closed their doors as early as 5 pm.
Alcohol and football lovers complained bitterly about the directives but their cry landed into deaf ears. Apparently, the members of BHESP suffered the most in the whole scenario.