In Kenya’s legal framework, a sex worker is anyone who has ‘unlawful carnal intercourse’ or commits an act of ‘indecency’ with any person for reward. Sex work is defined as sex with anyone other than your husband or wife for a fee. The reward mentioned in the definition is not clearly explained but is generally considered to be money.

At AHADI, we define sex workers as individuals who provide sexual services for financial reward. In reality sex workers are very diverse groups that it is almost impossible to generalize about who a sex worker is, why they are selling sex, or even how much money they make. In our experience the majority of sex workers are women who provide sexual services mainly to male clients. However there are also men and transgender individuals who sell sex. Men in the sex industry generally sell sex to other men although it is important to recognize that some men who sell sex to men do not see themselves as homosexual.

Project Goal

This project aims at prevention of HIV infection through sex workers as targets. It also aims to advocate for the rights of sex workers and possibly legitimization of their rights through the media and lobbying legislature through members of parliament (MPs)

Objectives

To equip sex workers with life skills to make their work settings more safe

To increase knowledge on HIV/AIDS and other STIs among sex workers
To increase the number of sex workers using condoms while at work.
To increase the number of clients insisting on safer sex practices.

Activities

Identification of sex workers and provision of information on protection and prevention of HIV infection by increased condom use.

Formation of peer support groups where the sex workers can learn how to identify clients with STIS, negotiation skills among others beneficial to them.

Lobbying other role players in sex work and clients to increase uptake of services using condoms and encouraging sex workers to insist on using condoms while negotiating. This will be done through education on HIV and STI prevention to other role players, clients and sex workers.

Lobbying pub/ discotheque and club owners to avail condoms where they can be easily accessed.

Building capacity and confidence of identified sex workers through training as peer educators to snowball the impact to other sex workers in Nairobi. This we will do with our partners from Thailand (EMPOWER, ACCESS, and CAR).

Advocacy: With other human rights bodies in Kenya we will advocate for change in the legislation of Kenya towards sex work and the stigmatization of sex work in order to stem HIV and STI prevalence in the population. We will do this using the media

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