Sex workers demonstrate in Mombasa over the killing of their own

Sex workers during demo over the death of their colleague in Mombasa. PHOTO: DIANA WANYONYI.

Mombasa, KENYA: Commercial sex workers in Mombasa on Tuesday staged a peaceful demonstration to protest over the killing of one of their own by an unknown person late last month.

They called for  security organs to conduct proper investigations over the killing of their colleague at popular Casablanca  club and apprehend the perpetrator who still remains at large.

Addressing the sex workers outside the officer of Mombasa’s County Commissioner, before handing over their petition to the relevant authority, Esther Nelima an officer from Coast Smart Women Against HIV/ AIDS and Violence said that despite the presence of CCTV cameras installed in the club, the offender  managed to escape.

She added that their efforts of getting CCTV footage from the premises still remains a challenge.

“We have also made numerous trips to the said hotel and  begged the hotel attendants to allow or give us access to the CCTV camera and installation devices in aid of bringing the perpetrator of this heinous crime to book.” Said Nalima

“We are your sisters, your brothers, your mothers and fathers, please stop killing us.” Pleaded, Ms. Nalima.

Data from Haki Africa, a human right organization based in Mombasa, indicates that they receive one to two cases of human rights violations against sex workers in Mombasa daily.

Mr. Francis Auma, an officer from the organization, has now urged the relevant authorities to be prompt with their investigations over the murder so that law could take it’s cause.

“We will not be silenced, we will ensure that the government has played its role in full by ensuring that they arrest the perpetrator. Yesterday we did postmortem of the murdered victim and she indeed was brutally murdered. We are shocked because we don’t know why the suspect has not been arrested up to date?” he asked.

Though it’s not clear where and when the deceased will be buried, the only wish for her family is to get justice for their late daughter and mother of one child.

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