The history of sex workers in Kenya

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Poverty leading to prostitution
By Njoki Karuoya, The Nation (Nairobi), 18 December 1999. Poverty has lent impetus to the sex trade and despite the threat of AIDS. Many women in Majengo are commercial sex workers and got into prostitution because of poverty. Most commercial sex workers express a fervent desire to leave the profession.
Prostitutes the Losers in AIDS Vaccine Saga
By Kwamchetsi Makokha, The Nation (Nairobi), 20 October 2000. Prostitutes are nowadays called commercial or survival sex workers, despite a prudish, religious and extremely moralistic society. Calls to register and tax prostitutes have been roundly dismissed on the basis of fears that it would encourage flesh peddling.