Since President Uhuru Kenyatta lifted the dusk to dawn curfew during Mashujaa Day celebrations, Kenyans have been rejoicing for this major development as several businesses that had stalled will pick up again. Among those celebrating curfew lift are Mombasa County 'ladies of the night' who had suffered from the directive that was put in place since March 2020.
Its not business as usual for sex workers in Kenya. With a dust to dawn curfew they have been forced to scale down their operations so as to adhere to the government directive on social distancing in battling COVID-19. But the situation has worsened over the days as they are running low on finances. Last month President Uhuru, announced a list of essential service providers, who will be exempted from the curfew. Commercial sex workers in Mombasa county are now urging the county and national government to in
Mombasa sex workers have demanded to be recognized as essential service providers by the county government as their income has been negatively affected by the coronavirus pandemic. The commercial sex workers reiterated that life has been tough on them since the Kenyan government instilled the dusk to dawn curfew. According to the sex workers, the closure of hotels, bars and restaurants has rendered most of them jobless. “Since the scourge started, we have incurred losses. The closure of bars, restaur