ABSTRACT

This chapter uses the case study of Malindi Area to analyse the operations of cSWs in Kenya. It is a continuation of the arguments put forward in chapter 8. Therefore, it reports the findings of a survey conducted among cSWs in the area in the period january-july 2002. As we shall see later, cSWs in Malindi have an established social welfare association, the MWA. From a general viewpoint, this association sets the rules of the sex game in Malindi (see chapter 2). It structures incentives in human interaction (cSW-cSW or cSW-sex tourist), and thus reduces uncertainty by providing a structure to cSWs’ daily life (Figure 1.2). By reducing uncertainties, the MWA makes it possible for ‘productive’ sexual interactions to take place. It makes it worthwhile for CSWs to enter into commitments and provide some assurance that other (sex) players will uphold their end of the bargain. Within the MWA’s ‘black box’, the production process takes place. However, this process is heavily influenced by production functions outside the ‘black box’, notably the local tourism industry.