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August 22, 2018

Sex workers protest, pray over murder of colleague in Kisii

Sex workers performing their night duty in Kisii town. FILE
Sex workers performing their night duty in Kisii town. FILE

Commercial sex workers on Friday protested in Kisii town following the murder of their colleague last week by unknown people. 

The victim, Jescah alias Brown was allegedly gang-raped and later murdered at Nyanchwa Estate in the outskirts of Kisii town.

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Her killers dumped her nude body by the roadside.

Addressing the press during the demonstration, their representative Joyce Odhiambo from Nairobi said this was the fourth murder to be reported in the area.

“The sex workers who are engaging in the demonstration and drawn from various parts of the country are here to stand in solidarity with our colleagues following the heinous killings, the recent case being that of Brown who was murdered last week,” Odhiambo said.

The Twilight girls visited the scene where the body of their colleague was discovered and held prayers.

Odhiambo also ruled out claims that they are the ones who spreads HIV/AIDS.

She said the HIV prevalence rate among common mwananchi is higher than theirs.

“We want to state here that we go for HIV tests regularly and those who think that we are the ones who spreads the virus are misplaced,” she added.

“The prevalence among the common mwananchi is higher that the that of sex workers” Odhiambo further said.

She urged the police to move with speed and bring to book those behind Brown’s killing saying that their rights must be protected.

“Some of us have families we take care by engaging in this business so our lives and rights must be protected at all costs,” said the sex worker.

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