NAIROBI (TrustLaw) – Kenyan women are being trafficked to new country South Sudan as sex workers, according to a report in Tuesday’s The Star newspaper.
“I thought that I was going to help my aunt in her restaurant,” Janet Kanini, a 25-year-old Kenyan woman told the paper.
She worked in her aunt’s Juba restaurant for a week before being enrolled in a brothel, the paper said.
“I could service five male clients in a night. They never paid me anything as the money went to the brothel owner who I referred to as ‘mum’”, Kanini was quoted as saying.
There are between 4,000 and 10,000 sex workers in South Sudan’s capital, Juba, according to U.S.-funded, development organisation Family Health International, the report said.
Another Kenyan sex worker, Triza, a graduate of Nairobi University, said that she moved to Juba because she would make more money – up to $500 a week.
“There are so many of us at Koinange Street and with the harsh economic times in Nairobi, people are wary of spending on sex,” she told the paper, referring to a well-known red light district in Nairobi.
“I target tall Dinka men who drive cars with number plates written GOSS (Government of South Sudan).”
(Editing by Rebekah Curtis)