By James Wanzala
Mlolongo town, situated about 14 kilometers from Nairobi City on Nairobi-Mombasa highway is slowly catching up with Mombasa as a hub for commercial sex.
This transit point for trucks from Mombasa to Western Kenya and the Eastern Africa countries has now become more than just a stop- over for truck drivers.
There are many clubs, bars and restaurants dotting the roadside although auto garages and hospitality industries are thriving in Mlolongo.
Many trucks are parked on both sides of the highway, some on the weigh bridge queue while the broken down ones are undergoing repairs.
Joseph Oliech, a truck driver who plies the Mombasa-Kampala route says he has spent countless nights in Mlolongo when his vehicle breaks down.
Mr Oliech says he has been pestered by sexual workers on different occasions.
“It is not a strange thing at all for the call girls to keep knocking on the door of the truck at night demanding for sex. At times, they waylay drivers as they are out relieving themselves,” he says.
According to Mr Oliech, delay in weighing of the trucks and frequent mechanical breakdowns are the major reasons drivers spend nights at Mlolongo. Some prefer not to sleep in their trucks though.
Jackson Odinga and David Kioko, also truck drivers, say whenever night approaches, the twilight girls begin prowling the area the trucks are parked.
The County Weekly confirmed that prostitution is a 24 hour business. The weigh bridge also operates on 24 hour basis, making the call girls have uninterrupted business since most of their clients are truck drivers and their turn boys.