From the street he watches out the brothel windows, checking that no cries for help. Next to him, two young Kenyans about eighteen don't take their eyes off the customers who stop looking for cheap sex."I payed him 5,000 Kenyan Shillings (€ 50) when I started working on this street. Mustapha looks after us and together, we take care about each other, " states proudly Mary.Across the country, more than 200,000 workers operate in the sex business. However, the lack of regulation in the sector leads to systematic violations of women's rights. Since two years ago, when she began working with the organization Bar Hostess Empowerment & Support Programme (BHESP), she acquired confidence and learned to advocate for her rights and those of her partners."My daughter and my mother, they know that I work for the rights of sex workers.It's Saturday night and Relaxing Inn or the Eureka Club are full to bursting."We charge only 300 Kenyan Shillings (about 3 €) for a blowjob", says one of the girls to a group of guys who stroll through River Road in search of casual sex. "Today I am not on a roll, but on a good night I can make up to 4,000 Kenyan Shillings (about 40 €)", she complaints.
Some guys, some of them Muslims, want anal sex and force you to do it", says Mary.
What they don't know is that I am also working as such, because this business gives a lot of money and at the end, you can't stop", admits the young lady.
Like Mary, hundreds of young girls parade through clubs, brothels and streets of downtown Nairobi.
38% of women report having been victims of male violence.
Meanwhile, sex workers take the brunt, being victims of endemic violence.