Wheat and maize farmers are losing thousands of shillings to prostitutes in Eldoret town, the municipal council has said. The farmers are from Uasin Gishu county and the neighbouring counties who come to transact business in the town.
The council social services chairperson Elizabeth Kibii said yesterday: "The prostitutes have flocked the town since farmers have harvested their wheat crop."
"Farmers are now endangered in this town because they lose their money every day to these commercial sex workers. They sell their produce and come with the whole lot to the bar to show off and eventually they fall into their trap and they are robbed of their money," said Kibii.
Kibii said the women are parading in several clubs and bars waiting for the farmers with a whooping amount from their wheat and who wants to flirt with them.
She said the department has received many complaints from farmers who have been robbed off their money, with less than four cases in a day. According to her, a farmer is robbed of about Sh500,000 a day and such cases are rampant but the farmers have not learnt the lessons.
Kibii said the commercial sex workers have devised a way of taking the money. "They either lace the drink with drugs that will make you unconscious or they send one of their own to the room early and hide under the bed. And when he and her partner are busy, the one under the bed walks away secretly with the money." she said.
Whiling appealing to the farmers to deposit money in the bank before going to the bars, Kibii said the act was no longer commercial sex but it has become a robbery in diligent way.
"These women are no longer commercial sex workers but they have become robbers. If we want to do away with, let the farmers deposit the money and remain with fewer amounts for their drinks and whatever's if they want," she added.
She decried the rate at which families are broken due to the norm and many children who will miss their school fees next year because their fathers misbehaved with commercial sex workers. The councilor said farmers need to be sensitized because it is a serious matter and they cannot remain silent anymore.