Reformed commercial sex workers condemn police brutality

Thika town commercial sex workers continue to fault widespread police brutality terming the heinous acts a violation of their human rights.

Speaking Tuesday in Thika WAPATE Initiative Acting Director Jane Mburu castigated the police for habitual harassment against sex workers.

WAPATE Initiative, a Non-Governmental Organization, which is responsible for the wellbeing of sex workers through counseling, is urging society to accept reformed sex workers and facilitate their integration into society.

“Many people despise sex workers and discriminate them even after reforming and starting up their own businesses,’ lamented Mburu.

She said that some residents have boycotted buying products from their newly set businesses saying the discrimination has led some sex workers shying away of reforming.

‘Majority of reformed sex workers opt going back to the old trade because of being shunned by society even after getting capital for a start up business,’ decried the counselor.

Mburu, who was divorced by her husband because of her pre-occupation with the plight of sex workers, was unable to restrict herself to the hospital walls to serve from there because she had a heart for helping the sex workers despite her not being a sex worker.

Setting up WAPATE Initiative clinic in Thika town, a major hotspot for both female and male sex workers, the counselor said reformed sex workers peer educators are committed to ensure this cadre enjoy opportunities for increased access to HIV/AIDS healthcare services, protection and promotion of their human rights.

‘The peer educators’ immediate response strategy is towards reducing the rampant violation of sex workers’ rights perpetrated by law enforcement agencies, the public and healthcare workers,’ said Mburu.

She said the organization offers evidence based HIV and STI prevention services including peer led health education, awareness creation, distribution of prevention commodities, HIV counseling and testing without stigmatization and discrimination.

By Yobesh Onwong’a