Ukunda, Kenya: Skimpily dressed women stand in paths in the bush whistling, clapping and winking to attract potential male clients.
Chobingo forest in Ukunda town, Kwale County has turned into a den of prostitutes.
About 12 women in their 20s have converted the forest into their lodging and were willing to offer sexual satisfaction for as little as Sh50.
Dressed skimpily, the women stand in the paths inside the bush whistling, clapping and winking to attract potential male clients. This is despite pupils and their teachers, besides other residents, passing through the forest each day as they go about their business.
“We could even get men who would part with Sh200 provided they are not required to use protection,” says Lucy Wambui, who is famously known as Queen Sheba.
But the girls now fear for their lives after clients started stealing from them.
“They started stealing our phones,” says Wambui.
A group of young men recently descended on the forest and beat up the girls, injuring some of them.
Wambui says the tents they had put up from tree branches to create a form of privacy were torched by unknown people.
Purity Ndinda is obviously in pain judging from the bandages on her abdomen. She too was attacked by the men but she cannot report to the police.
“There were six of us at our usual place of work when a group of youth came, undressed us and started beating us, calling us malaya wa msituni (bush prostitutes),” says the 25-year-old. (Standard Media)