Exposed: Teenage girls engaging in prostitution during school holidays
4 months ago, 10 Aug 09:32
Dhawabu is a Kiswahili word meaning heavenly rewards for performing good deeds. But there was nothing heavenly about police arresting 10 pupils aged 12 years from Dhawabu Primary School in Kayole for engaging in a sex orgy.
Commercial sex workers in the poorer sections of Nairobi do not, however, view this as a moral issue. With schools closed, old hookers are scared stiff of tight competition (oops!) from young primary and secondary school girls. In Umoja and Kayole, for instance, girls aged between 14 and 22 years prowl the pubs at night. In Korogocho, they approach men in broad daylight and offer ‘services’ for a fee without batting an eyelid. The Nairobian spoke to several girls whose identity we cannot reveal because they are minors.
*Purity, a Class Seven pupil, has been a prostitute for the past one year at Nyama Villa in Kayole. The daughter of a sex worker, says she slid into the trade because her mum would bring clients to the house in broad day light.
“I have been raised by a single mum who has been in this industry for a decade. I used to hear her communicate with men on phone, saying ‘let us meet at Nyama Villa’,” she says.
Out of curiosity, Purity visited the place and found a parade of women waiting for men. Knowing that her mother made cash from men, the temptation to join the party was intense and that’s how she got in. Meanwhile, her friend, *Gladys, a Form One student, claims she has been in the industry for the past two and half years.
“This is where I get my pocket money and cash for school shopping,” Gladys reveals, saying it is a quick paying job. She ventured into the trade through a friend who introduced her to internet dating sites. “After dealing with internet men for six months, I decided to venture into it fully. I now find men in Umoja estate, where a number of girls my age also operate.”
*Peris, a Class Eight pupil in Mathare, was lured into the business when both her parents died. Her maternal aunt volunteered to be her guardian, only to turn around after two years and say she (Peris) needed to start hustling for her basic needs. With no idea what hustling entailed, she turned to her aunt who was a night-shift waitress at a hotel in town. Her aunt offered to introduce her to her job.
“I expected my aunt to take me to her workplace during the day, but surprisingly, we left at night. She took me to a bar (name withheld) in Huruma estate which, I shortly learnt had several rooms upstairs for commercial sex,” she recalls, sobbing. “She applied makeup on my face, forced me to wear a mini skirt, then ordered me to join other women who were parading themselves outside the bar. It was horrible. I just broke into tears.”
Peris says that later in the night, a man in his mid 40s picked her, took her into one of the rooms ...
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