The City Council of Nairobi has launched plans to legalise prostitution in the city.

Mayor George Aladwa said on Friday a committee of experts has been established at the council to harmonise various laws that touch on the business.

Aladwa said the council has been receiving complaints from prostitutes of constant harassment by council askaris hence the need for the authorities to find a lasting solution to the problem.

“The legal teams will look into the Constitution, city bylaws and other laws governing the council operations and come up with the best ways of allowing them to engage in the business,” said Aladwa.

The team is also expected to designate a place where the business will be conducted. The mayor argued, if legalised, the business could generate revenue that can assist the council it is operations.

Trade practised elsewhere

“This is a business elsewhere and that is why we are looking for a way of helping both clients in making it possible for it to continue,” he said.

He made the remarks when he met a group of civil society in his office yesterday and insisted homosexuality is not allowed by Kenyan laws.

The trade in Kenya, which is classified under the Penal Code, Sections 147 to 154, is illegal in Kenya and calls for stiff penalty.

But even though the law is clear on commercial sex work, regardless of gender and affiliation, the general belief is that it is mostly the women who engage in it and who are arrested by police when caught.”

Currently, Koinange Street is an infamous and unofficial red-light district located in Nairobi’s central business district, which houses several businesses, banks and learning institutions.

The mayor also said they are determined in dealing with street families and encouraged them to register with major rehabilitation centres in the city.

Aladwa also said the council will not allow hawkers on the City streets and urged them to stick to their designated areas especially in Ngara.

“The council askaris and police will be there to ensure no hawker is allowed back to the streets because it is posing a security challenge and affecting others’ operations,” he spoke in reference to the recent flocking of the traders on the streets.

By CYRUS OMBATI, The Standard

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