A lady identified as Mary from Naivasha has revealed that she changed her name to a boy's name to avoid being raped when she was living on the streets in Nairobi.
She was born and raised in Naivasha as the firstborn in a family of 5 kids. When her father died, their life changed since he was the breadwinner. They could go for days without eating.
She started going to the market to collect leftovers where she met other street children and joined them. She was later told that life in Nairobi as a street girl was better than in Naivasha.
When she arrived she met other girls who told her that To be accepted in the streets she had to sleep with the street boys. And some would even rape her, she was only ten years old and didn't like to start giving birth on the streets.
She tore her clothes, went to the market and asked a man who was selling men's clothes to give her trousers and a shirt. She introduced herself as Jimmy and she could associate with street boys.
She used to hide her breast by wearing heavy jackets. When she turned 16 she was unable to hide because she had developed feelings toward men. She went back to Naivasha for a few months and later returned to Nairobi where she was used to.
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