“Wake-up call”

Kenya fears serial killer as 10 sex workers end up dead in one month

Police in Kenya are investigating the murders of 10 women working as prostitutes in just one month, raising fear that this might be the work of a serial killer. The police commander of Nakuru, where four of the bodies were found, said that an intense manhunt is under way and security in the area had been improved. The deaths have also raised concern over the safety of sex workers on the street, with campaigners saying that police do little to protect vulnerable women and were “not very active” in trying to solve the case. They also called for prostitution to be legalized, as unemployment and poverty are currently fueling a thriving but illegal “sex economy” and women in the industry are left vulnerable to abuse by both authorities and criminals. “These murders and mutilations should be a wake-up call to all of us to end this criminalisation so as to keep sex workers safe and to ensure the families of those now lost find justice,” said Muthoni Wanyeki, Amnesty International’s regional director for east Africa.

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