Commercial sex work is threatening to become the next agents in the spread of Covid-19 especially within the country’s border towns. With truck drivers already identified as a weak link in the fight against its spread, commercial sex workers continue to interact with them on a daily basis providing a rich breeding ground for the contagious disease.
Busia border point is a business hub of its kind owing to the heavy traffic along the border occasioned by the movement of goods and services in and out of the country.
Mass testing of residents in areas such as Busia and Malaba in Busia County has revealed high number of infections associated with transit truck drivers posing a risk to the general population.
The biggest client to the truck drivers are commercial sex workers who continue to interact with them on a daily basis. Interestingly, the ever-present grid lock at the border occasioned by delays to release Coronavirus results, the truckers have been mingling freely with locals and in the process accelerating the spread of the disease.
On their part, truck drivers say they still find themselves falling in the arms of the commercial sex workers despite the risks due to delays at the border.
But even the oldest trade in the world is facing its share of turbulence due to the covid-19 pandemic.
The commercial sex workers have cited competition from their Ugandan counterparts who sneak into the country through the border calling on security agencies to beef up security along the stretch. A situation further complicated by alleged harassment by police.
Busia County Commissioner Joseph Kanyiri has refuted these claims saying the government remains committed to assist all Kenyans wade through the challenges presented by the coronavirus pandemic.