Defunct municipal by-laws across the country that refer to sex work diﬀer
according to diﬀerent regions, and can be very vague, leaving a large amount of discretion for interpretation.These by-laws are utilized
by council officers and police officials to arrest sex workers.
Part VIII of the Kisumu Municipal Council bylaws provide that a
person shall not-
(m) molest, solicit or importune any person for the purposes of
prostitution or loiter on any street or public
a place for such purposes; or
(n) willfully and indecently expose his person in view of any street or
This law criminalizes prostitution and loitering in public places for such
purposes. It also criminalizes indecent exposure in a public place.