Sex workers write to president Kenyatta over Nakuru killings
Dear Mr President
Please note; I am not hiding my face but the mask I wear is a symbol of how the society has chosen to view me, hidden behind the veil, not to be seen or recognized, to remain somewhere forgotten.
We as the sex workers community are saddened by the brutal killings of our members.
It is estimated that at least 40 sex workers are murdered every month across the country and recently, In a span of seven days, six sex workers have been murdered; four in Nakuru, one in Kisii and one in Nanyuki.
Mr President, these are mothers, sisters and daughters who are responsible for their families.
Indeed, their children have been left without anyone to care for them and it is possible that their futures may never be the same again.
This letter is a loud cry for help to your esteemed office. We have looked everywhere for help that seems distant while the death toll continues to rise. Our eyes have settled on you as our help to end these senseless killings.
In summary, our beloved president, we request the following;
- Right to be free from violence
- Right to be protected by the law
- Those behind these killings be arrested and face the full force of the law
- Sex workers be respected as human beings and citizens of this country
Above everything, Mr President, allow me to remind you that I am a Kenyan citizen with a Kenyan ID, a registered voter who has voted leaders into public offices.
I was convinced that with leaders that I voted into office I shall no longer be subjected to this violence, I am utterly disappointed.
Protect us, fight for us, help us; we need you now more than ever to save lives before it is too late.
The Kenya Sex Workers Community
Kenya Sex Workers’ Association Coordinator Felista Abdalla