Senator joins Atheists in Kenya to defend Nairobi sex workers

Sex workers persuading a motorist along a Nairobi street

Atheists in Kenya (AIK) have called for the repealing of a motion by the Nairobi County Government to prohibit prostitution in the city.

Through a statement on Facebook, AIK gave the county government a 14-day ultimatum to do away with the law or face unspecified action.

“The passing of this law is unconstitutional, illegal, untenable and retrogressive,” part of the statement by AIK read.

Instead of banning commercial sex workers, AIK instead proposed for the legalisation of the industry, arguing that the county government could earn revenue by taxing the sex workers.

“In the face of high unemployment rates in Kenya and no viable alternatives for earning a living, sex work indeed offers one of the more stable and accessible ways to financially support women and their families,” argued AIK.

Nominated senator Millicent Omanga also spoke out regarding the motion stating, “I strongly oppose the move and demand that these women be given audience so that a way forward is found. Many do not do it because they enjoy it but simply because they need to survive.”

Nominated Senator Millicent Omanga

On November 31, the Nairobi County assembly started discussing a motion seeking to ban commercial sex in the city.

The motion was moved by Woodley/Kenyatta Golf Course MCA Mwangi Abraham Njihia who raised concern about the rising number of the sex workers in Nairobi.

The debate will proceed on Tuesday, December 5.