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Denzel Musumba

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Rahab Gikaru Omunzi, a reformed commercial sex worker, has shaken off her shackles and is reaching out to prostitutes and also writing a book about her experiences. How did you get into prostitution? I went into it aged 14 and left at 25. A friend’s mother introduced me to the trade. She told me it was an easy way to earn extra money for school fees and to support my family. And true to her word, by the end of the first night I had Sh30,000 but lost my virginity to a man old enough to be my father. I would accompany dignitaries and personalities to events as their dates. How did you come out? I woke up one day and realised that what I was doing was affecting me as a person. I was dating a gangster and was suicidal. "Most prostitutes are willing to change, but they have no one to help them walk the walk or even sacrifice their time for them." My uncle referred me to a church next to his business and my turning point was when the pastor asked, "Who are you when no one is seeing you? Can God trust you with anything?" I realised I was empty and needed something to fill the void. There are spirits that follow you when you have sex before its time. Before you get into sex, are you willing to deal with the consequences? Sometimes we think tunakaziwa but there is something those before us know that we don’t know. How was the shift from bad girl to good girl? It wasn’t easy. People were willing to bring me down at any moment. But God gave me good friends and a praying mother who was always there for me. I was focused on where I was going. Every time I wanted to have sex, I called people to walk with me. Most people are willing to change but they have no one to help them walk the walk or even sacrifice their time for them. I was surprised to find that I had talents and gifts. My attitude about myself before then was zero. I could not even believe my husband when he told me I was beautiful. What leads women to prostitution?