Over 100 Nairobi sex workers arrested for ‘causing public nuisance’

By , K24 Digital
On Fri, 20 Aug, 2021 09:57 | < 1 min read

Over 100 commercial sex workers were on Thursday, August 19 arrested during a crackdown in Nairobi town.

The deadly operation was conducted by police officers attached to Central police station and those from the Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS).

K24 Digital has established that the crackdown was launched following continuous concerns raised by traders who accused the Commercial Sex Workers of being a nuisance within the city.

The traders said that the workers have been operating even during the day outside their shops hence affecting business.

The traders had also threatened to quit paying taxes if the matter would not be dealt with.

“The traders filed several complaints against the group particularly sex workers who have been operating on broad daylight,” Augustine Nthumbi the Nairobi Police boss said.

It has emerged that the workers have been openly enticing men who walk in the streets.

So harsh are the workers that they pull men into dark corridors to negotiate for the services.

Most likely the workers have been operating as hawkers due to the Coronavirus pandemic which also saw the introduction of curfew hours which start from 10 pm and end at 4 am.

In their complaints, the traders accused the sex workers of using foul language near their shops which made most of the customers very mad.

Some of the most affected areas include; River road, Duruma road and areas near Odeon cinema.

William Kangogo who is the NMS officer leading the operation said that a local nursery school within the city wrote a complaint saying that the workers were hanging outside the institution.

“The operation will last for exactly one month and we shall ensure that we deal with the twilight girls and muggers from the city,” he said.