It was a sad experience for some 100 commercial sex workers as they were ejected from their hitherto rooms in a Kenyan hotel after a reported change of building ownership.
The workers, who were ejected from the New Paradise Lodge in Saba Saba, Mombasa, Kenya, were not less than 100, according to Kenyan Buzz.
They were stormed by a surprise eviction on Monday, including those who were servicing their clients and were thrown out with their belongings.
Several onlookers gathered to witness the embarrassing scene.
Sex workers lament eviction
Wanjiku, an outspoken sex worker who was obviously bitter about the eviction said, “They could have given us notice, this is so unfair. Sex work is like any other job, they need to respect us. Whoever ordered this eviction should bear in mind that we are in electioneering period, we have votes.”
A 40-year-old colleague of hers pointed out that they “are more than 100 sex workers, we work in shifts. There are those who work during the day and others at night. Those who came in the day shift are the ones who were affected.
She continued “This is a hustle that caters for my livelihood. I have two children in the university. They depend on me on fees, food and clothes. I pay rent through this work.”
An embittered customer, Duala, who was adversely affected, told newsmen that as an unmarried young man, he needs the services of the commercial sex workers.
He asked why they are “evicting our flowers? He further said “This is where we usually come when we are thirsty especially young unmarried men like me. Their charge is Sh200. When we don’t have money sometimes we are given credit. ‘We need back our flowers,” he muttered.