The Commercial sex workers’ group in Kenya reportedly to storm the police station in harmony to offer free service in order to combat  stigma.

Sex workers cleaning police station, photo, standard media

According to reports, sex workers  visited the Busia Police Station to clean the compound freely to mark the international day to end violence against sex workers.

Chairperson of commercial sex workers in Busia, Carolyne Kemunto said they opted to clean the station to show police that they were human beings like any other Kenyan and therefore law enforcement authority should stop harassing them.

They said stigma against sex workers had taken root in public hospitals and homes where they come from. “Sometimes when we go to hospital to know HIV status we are despised and chased away.
We are human beings,” said Kemunto. “Not all sex workers are HIV positive, some are negative and those who discover they are positive we encourage them to start getting medication,” she said.

According to the statistics that Health department released during World Aids Day early this month, Budalang’i topped in the county with HIV and Aids prevalence by 8.2 per cent, Matayos 8.0 per cent, Butula 7.7 per cent. It also emerged that Busia was number four countrywide with high new HIV and Aids infection.

source: Standard media
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