Africa’s sex workers are being battered by lockdowns, clients and even the police
Already stigmatised by many, the continent’s sex workers no longer have money leading them to take more risks — or starve
Nairobi — Peninah Wanjiru wasn’t really one to take chances. Her friends said the Kenyan sex worker was careful how she conducted business at her home in Majengo, an informal settlement on the outskirts of Nairobi, where she only allowed clients in for a “quickie”.
But on the night of May 7, a curfew imposed to stem the spread of the coronavirus forced Wanjiru to allow a client to stay over. Some hours later, she was found lying in a pool of blood. She died before help could arrive...