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Policing PleasureSex Work, Policy, and the State in Global Perspective$
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Susan Dewey and Patty Kelly

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780814785089

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814785089.001.0001

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“Hata watufanyeje, kazi itaendelea”

“Hata watufanyeje, kazi itaendelea”

Everyday Negotiations of State Regulation among Female Sex Workers in Nairobi, Kenya

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Policing Pleasure

Chimaraoke Izugbara

NYU Press

This chapter examines the intricate set of arrangements employed by sex workers in Nairobi, Kenya, to defy arrest and regulation by law enforcement agents and to protect themselves and one another from violent assaults by police and clients, along with the implications of these strategies for their well-being and vulnerability. Drawing on the author's three and half years of ethnographic work among sex workers in urban Nairobi, the chapter considers how the city's sex workers unite into a community of victims and inventors to counter the efforts of law enforcement agents to regulate prostitution. It also discusses the effects of criminalization, and specifically Nairobi's antiprostitution law, on sex workers and suggests that sex work in the city is intertwined with the postcolonial politics of Kenyan life.

Keywords:   sex workers, Nairobi, Kenya, regulation, law enforcement agents, police, prostitution, criminalization, antiprostitution law, sex work

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