Girls for sex in nairobi

NAIROBI, Kenya (WOMENSENEWS)–A month before she learned she had HIV, Sophia said she knew something was wrong.She started suffering from a constant fever and achy muscles.By some estimates, 50,000 children roam this city's streets, often because their parents cannot afford the fees at Government schools.The streets of Nairobi are now divided into turfs, with gangs of girls run by what in Western terms would be considered pimps, and gangs of boys ruled by an older boy who enforces discipline.A few blocks away, a gang of homeless boys had started hustling, sidling up to European visitors, hands outstretched, asking for money.The number of street children abandoned by their parents and living by their wits has increased in Nairobi and other major sub-Saharan cities in recent years, a product of the breakdown of the extended families and village culture that were pillars of African life.

Alice said that her partner was killed in a shoot-out five years ago. 1— As night fell, a group of girl prostitutes emerged from the squalid plastic and paper hutches they call home and ambled toward the luxury tourist hotel a few steps away.For this group of 6- to 16-year-olds in dirt-speckled clothes, business, the search for a trick or a 20-cent handout, was about to begin.It left her with no means to support herself and her newborn baby son, so she started working as a prostitute.Claire said she has been a sex worker since she was 14Around two million people have made their homes in the shantytowns packed in around Kenya's capital - Korogocho, its bigger, equally infamous near neighbours Mathare, Mukuru kwa Njenga, Kibera and others.One gang of boys, led by Benson Matende Chero, claims the sidewalk outside a seedy pick-up joint, the New Florida Nightclub.

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