Nakuru sex workers have planned to make sure their voices are heard on August 8.
More than six hundred of them who are registered voters in the county have vowed to not work on August 7 to enable them to get out early the next day to cast their vote.
Spokesperson of the group, Lucia Njeri, made the announcement on Tuesday saying that the women plan to exercise their democratic right.
“We have unanimously agreed to suspend our activities on August 7 so that we can vote on August 8. We need development-oriented leaders who can help us get better jobs in future,” said Ms. Njeri.
She added that they have also agreed to maintain peace during and after the general election and will not be misused to cause chaos by politicians.
“We will also maintain peace. Those in politics are seeking employment and we should not allow their differences to split us.”
It is estimated that Nakuru has more than one thousand commercial sex workers.
The workers occupy major streets in Nakuru town during the night. They include areas such as Kanu street – the town’s red light district, Gusii road, Nehru Pandit road and Kenyatta avenue.
Other areas where they are also found around are Salgaa, pipeline and Kikopey areas along busy Nairobi-Nakuru- Eldoret highway.
The commercial sex workers have formed an umbrella advocacy outfit called Smart Ladies through which they advance their grievances. It is chaired by Daisy Achieng.
The Nakuru sex workers who boast of a variety of clients including MPs, MCAs, bankers, journalists, and even pastors, have in the past lobbied for a review of sections of the law that criminalize prostitution.
They have a team of lawyers who handle their cases whenever legal matters arise and have formed partnerships with hotel owners to ensure that they are safe as they carry on with their business.