One, is that commercial sex workers should be facilitated by law to earn a legitimate living in a country that suffers high unemployment.Secondly, that such an arrangement will contribute to revenue for the county government through taxes.
Hanging out at Simmers requires one to be alert because some of the girls here, in cahoots with their male collaborators, would not be averse to slipping something into your drink to knock you out.
Just as with Koinange Street and the former Florida Club, the streets around Simmers have also taken on a life of their own with scores of girls carrying out their business here.
The taxi drivers around these city streets are an important part of the link between the sex workers and clients in search of women.
Relax and tax Perhaps as a measure of the high profile sex trade in the city, the Nairobi County Assembly in June engaged in a lively debate on a motion to create a designated red-light district, what members called a “leisure zone”, for the city’s commercial sex workers.
“Let sex workers have a designated building so that whoever needs them can get them through the Internet,” said one county leader.
In fact, such a proposal is nothing new in Nairobi.The city authorities first talked about relaxing the laws against prostitution in 2012, with the Mayor at the time saying such dedicated workers like sex workers should not be harassed by city officers but should instead be facilitated in carrying out their trade and paying taxes.The debate over prostitution is often discussed through the prism of unemployment and supporters of the move to create a formal red light district raise two issues.A late night drive down Nairobi’s Koinange Street reveals that the city’s unofficial red light district is struggling to remain in business.Yes, there are still a few skimpily dressed women whistling at passing cars and occasionally throwing their legs in the air as an invitation to the passing drivers, but a lot what used to be a bustling nightlife with taxis, tea vendors, prostitutes and pimps is evidently disappearing.The closure and subsequent destruction of the city’s New Florida Club, a landmark on this street since the 1960s, has effectively robbed many of Nairobi’s sex workers of their business. v=7Hi VUizr2eo The Florida was pulled down in August this year to make way for the construction of another of the modern high-rise buildings that dot the Nairobi skyline these days.