Commercial sex workers in Mombasa have warned their clients to prepare for a higher cost of “pump prices” should the government lift the intercounty travel restrictions.
The announcement comes after Mombasa county gave a green light to the opening of eateries, hotels, and guest rooms.
Millicent Auma, a commercial sex worker in Bombolulu said the last three months of the government restrictions have been the toughest in her career, which has spanned many years.
“After shutting the nightclubs and entertainment joints in Mombasa by both national and county governments, the number of my customers reduced significantly!” Auma told K24.
Auma added that she together with her colleagues have been unable to feed their families due to the tough economic times brought by the Covid-19 pandemic.
“We are now grateful to the County Government for reopening eateries and tourism sites as that would make it easy for us to meet our clients,” Auma added.
Together with her colleagues, Auma has warned their clients to prepare for higher prices as they (sex workers) would be compelled to pay extra for safety equipment. According to Auma, the pandemic will force them to buy sanitizers and face masks before getting intimate with any of their clients.
Speaking to the broadcast station, Mary Karen, another sex worker said they, as an association of sex workers in Mombasa have already met and agreed on the minimum pay for their services from their clients.
“Before the epidemic, we would only spend on condoms. But now with coronavirus, we will have to pay for a mask, sanitizers, and other hygiene equipment,” said Karen.
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The association has agreed that they will charge a minimum of Ksh800 and a maximum of Ksh 1200 per session.
According to the sex workers, the dusk to dawn curfew has negatively affected their business and they have been forced to lower their base charge from Ksh 1000 to as low as Ksh200.
The Mombasa County Government Emergency Response Committee on Covid-19 last week gave a green light to the reopening of eateries per the Ministry of Health guidelines.