Written by Sakata Saturday, 18 June 2011 14:38
The Kenya Sex Worker’s Alliance (KESWA) launched an elaborate report documenting human rights violations experienced by male and female sex workers and barriers they face in accessing health services in Kenya.
The report showed two thirds of Kenyan participants beginning sex work before the age of 18, with most sex workers working in clubs and streets which made them more susceptible to harassment.
Speaking to Freedom in Speech, Majesty Maduli of KESWA cited sexual violence, physical beatings, client’s refusal to pay, arbitrary arrest and extortion as the most common human rights violations against male sex workers. The violations are usually perpetrated by clients, police, pimps and regular partners.
“Some police officers ask for sexual favors from us when arrested. Being homosexual is tough but being a male selling sex to men is even tougher.” said Maduli.
“My body my business” this is the message that KESWA members are sending to the society and hopes the report will create more awareness on the need of legislative reform to decriminalize sex work, in order to realise fundamental human rights for sex workers that will see increased respect to right of choice and provision of health services in Kenya.
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