A Kenyan woman identified as Sarah Mutero, has decided to retire from the trade of a sex worker after servicing 28000 men in the span of 23 years.
The 49 year old received a parcel of land worth Sh120,000 in Makuyu, Murang’a County after calling it quits. Some well-wishers have also promised to pool funds to build her a house after she ditched the trade.
Stanley Ngara aka King of Condoms of LVCT- and who is spearheading a programme to retire sex workers in a humane way said sex workers have played an important role in the fight against HIV/Aids. “Men will seek sex in all ways, but when it comes to sex workers it is a different game.
They don’t accept intercourse without condoms however much men insist to pay more for unprotected sex. Society has a negative perception of sex workers but in reality, they are in the front line in prevention of sexually transmitted diseases,” said Ngara.
He added; “Their clients are men in other relationships — and from surveys, seven out of 10 clients ask for unprotected sex. Out of these seven, five are willing to pay handsomely. If they accept such deals you can imagine how HIV/Aids can spread. We must appreciate them with a retirement package”
Mutero who has been in the trade since she was probably 26, claims she would service 20 or more men in a day in her younger years. But as age set in, hard economic times and stiff competition she could manage four customers daily.
This means an average of 100 per month and for 23 years she has taken care of over 28000 men. “It is not an easy thing to satisfying such a big number of men, some being ruthless, yet we end up poor. We earn peanuts that we can’t even save. Everything I have earned in servicing needy men went to clothes, shelter and food for my children as well as education,” she said.