Twilight girls in Bomet target tea bonuses
Commercial sex worker says she expects to reap big as farmers’ pay has increased
Commercial sex workers are trooping to Bomet town and other trading centres in the county as tea farmers receive their bonuses this week.
The twilight girls have been seen at Silibwet, Sotik, Kaplong, Mogogosiek and Kapkoros trading centres, where farmers collect their cash from the Kenya Tea Development Agency.
A sex worker told the Star she expects to reap big because the farmers’ pay has been increased.
“Although such engagements are risky, we have no option because we are looking for our daily bread,” she said.
Region Five, which comprises Kericho and Bomet counties with seven tea factories and an equal number of satellite factories, will pay farmers Sh13 billion. Kapkoros-Tirgaga, Kapset and Mogogosiek factories will pay Sh3.73 billion, Sh1.66 billion and Sh2.29 billion respectively.
The farmers are expected to earn an average of Sh30 per kilo of green tea leaves, up from Sh24 last year. Bomet Governor Isaac Ruto and county commissioner Bernard Leparmarai have urged farmers to invest their money in gainful ventures,not leisure.
Leparmarai said security officers will conduct frequent patrols in drinking joints. Rutto said the county will ensure Sot Tea Farmers Sacco does not deduct money from its members to repay a Sh600 million loan at the Cooperative Bank of Kenya.