Kenyans will soon be able to engage in sexual activities meant to generate money or simply commercial sex work without worries of being arrested by police and taken to court. This is only possible if a bill by Martha Koome’s led Judiciary sees the light of the day. According to the bill, the judiciary wants those who are engaging in prostitution are not criminalized and even arrested.
According to section 154 of the penal code in the Kenyan constitution, it is criminal to carry out commercial sex work an it is punishable in a court of law. This is how the section reads;
“Every woman who knowingly lives wholly or in part on the earnings of prostitution, or who is proved to have, for the purpose of gain, exercised control, direction, or influence over the movements of a prostitute in such a manner as to show that she is aiding, abetting, or compelling her prostitution with any person, or generally, is guilty of a felony,” reads part of the Penal Code.
In the now proposed bill, the proponents want those found to be taking part in the exercise be taken for rehabilitation and given guidance and counseling instead of being made to face charges of felony. Kenyans have angrily reacted to this news as they criticise the Judiciary for coming up with such a bill which they deem will water down the societal moral standards.