Kenyan Prostitutes Ruined by Clampdown on 'Quick' British Soldiers' Downtime
By Umberto Bacchi | January 25, 2013 5:09 AM EST
A group of Kenyan prostitutes has claimed they are being driven out of business by stricter night-out rules that have been imposed on British soldiers deployed in the country, following a series of incidents.
British officers were the main source of income for prostitutes in in the town of Nanyuki, in the Rift Valley, about 200km north of Nairobi, according to the leader of a local unofficial sex workers' union.
"For normal sex the British pay you 4,000Ksh [£30], but the Kenyans pay 200Ksh or 300Ksh," sex workers' representative Margaret Wambui told The Times.
"Kenyan people take a long time but the British only take a few seconds, so you can go and find another customer."
Nanyuki hosts a British army base used to train troops before deployment in Afghanistan.
A few months ago, however, British authorities at the base clamped down on soldiers' downtime, allowing them out of the base only under strict surveillance.
Officially implemented because of a jurisdictional dispute with the Kenyan Government, the new regime caused a dip in prostitutes' income.
However Wambui said the change is due to a series of incidents involving British troops in the city and called for authorities to relax the restrictions.
In August 2012, two UK soldiers were accused of involvement in the killing of a prostitute, whose body was found in a septic tank in a hotel in town a couple of months after she disappeared.
Agnes Wanjiru-Wanjiku, 21, was reportedly last seen entertaining the two Brits in a bar.
A few months earlier, more than 200 soldiers were involved in a drunken brawl at the local Sportsman's Arms bar.
To contact the editor, e-mail:
Most Popular Slideshows
- In Photos, Typhoon Rammasun Blasts the Philippines
- Ellen DeGeneres Caught Cheating with Mutual Friend Before Portia de Rossi’s Rehab – Reports [PHOTOS]
- Flight MH17 Attack: Russians Claim 'Putin A Terrorist,' Memorial at Dutch Embassy Overflows [PHOTOS]
- Malaysia Airlines MH17: Vital Black Boxes Finally Land in Hands of Malaysian Authorities, Rebels Announce Ceasefire (PHOTOS/VIDEOS)
Join the Conversation
- Jeremy Meeks Death Hoax: Handsome Felon's Fake Death after Release from Jail Goes Viral
- Happy Birthday Prince George: 5 Things to Know About Kate Middleton and Prince William’s Son
- Prince George’s Birthday Celebrations: Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla to Remain Absent from Grandson's First Birthday Party Plus Other Details- Report
- Tony Abbott Launches #BringThemHome Operation for MH17 Victims; Black Avatars Trending on Social Media
- 'Dronies' to Become Latest Trend as Tourism New Zealand Buys Drone to Record Tourists' Videos
- Google Nexus 8 Release Date Soon Along with 2 More HTC Android Tablets – Reports
- Windows Phone 8.1 Update Rollout: 20 Nokia Lumia Phones Eligible and 13 New Features to be Added
- Moto 360 Price Speculations, Key Features, Strategic Release Date, Design: A Watch That is More Than Just Time
- Sony PlayStation 4 Outsells a Resurgent Xbox One in June
- Killer Xiaomi Mi4 at $369 Likely to Come With 5.0-Inch Display, Snapdragon 801 Processor, 3GB RAM and More
- Three New Moto G Successors Spotted in FCC Document Dubbed Moto G2, Moto M and More --Reports
- NVIDIA Shield Gaming Tablet with Tegra K1 SoC Reported to be Released on July 29