The National Assembly has shot down a bill doing rounds on social media that seeks to decriminalize commercial sex work in Kenya, terming it as fake.
Parliament further warned the public against the purported bill by Leader of Majority Aden Duale and said it is not being discussed in Parliament as claimed.
In a statement on Wednesday, the Assembly said the bill “should be treated with the contempt it deserves”.
“A purported bill named Sexual Enterprise bill by Leader of Majority circulating in social media is fake,” they said.
“Majority Leader Aden Duale has no such bill either published or having tabled in the House. Please be advised accordingly,” tweeted the National Assembly.
The controversial bill indicates that its objective is to provide for the regulation of commercial sex work in the country.
It seeks to legalise various ways through which the government can generate revenue through taxation of commercial sex workers and establishments, including license fees.
The Sexual Enterprises Act 2018 further outlines a mechanism to protect the rights of commercial sex workers and promote health standards among providers and consumers of commercial sex with an aim to reduce the spread of HIV/AIDS and STI’s.
In a bid to create job opportunities, the bill decriminalises living off the proceeds of prostitution and calls for recognition of commercial sex work as a form of employment.
It also provides mechanisms for the reduction of sexual exploitation of minors, human trafficking and forced commercial sex work through the regulation of the trade.