Currently, Koinange Street, in the centre of Nairobi, is known as the industry’s hub.
After businesses close for the day, hawkers take over the street sides.
On her left is a poster of yet another curvaceous woman in white bikini bottoms with arms crossed over her naked chest.
“Escorts Kenya” and a phone number are written next to her curvy waistline.
During that era, there were two types of prostitutes: Watembezi and Malaya.
The first, named from the Kiswahili verb for ‘to walk’, was when prostitutes would solicit men in any public place.
A conviction will lead to a heavy fine or years in prison.
But, thanks to the internet, more and more Kenyan prostitutes are giving up their spots on the sides of the streets for a more lucrative business online.
In the other, Malaya, the women operated indoors, renting rooms and waiting for the men to come to them.
Watembezi earned more money, as they didn’t have the overhead cost of housing.
And now in the current digital era, prostitutes around the world, Kenya included, are moving the trade to a new frontier – the internet.