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Documenting Human Rights Violation of Sex Workers in Kenya

This study investigates the human rights violations experienced by women sex workers in Kenya. This research found that these women have no way to claim their individual human rights under the current operating laws and policy framework. They are unable to keep themselves safe as they seek to support themselves and their families because they are relentlessly subject to police harassment, arrest and abuse. Furthermore, because sex work is viewed as an “immoral activity” rather than as a form of labour, many in society believe that sex workers deserve to be punished for what they do. The information and recommendations contained in this report provide ways for the Kenya Government and state institutions to address the human rights concerns of sex workers. Similarly human and women’s rights organisations in Kenya will find many strategies in this report that can be used to advocate for the protection of sex workers’ rights.

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Resource Type: Practitioner Resources Issues: Criminal Justice, Governance, Accountability & Transparency, Health, Labor & Employment, Women's Rights Tool Type: Reports / Research Method: Research Languages: English Regions: Sub-Saharan Africa