Prostitute Arrested For Assaulting Colleague Who Charged Customers Lower Rates

A sex worker has been arraigned in court for assaulting a colleague who was charging lower from clients seeking their services.

Mariam Imodia who appeared before Mombasa Senior principal magistrate Vincent Adet, pleaded guilty to charges of occasioning actual bodily harm to Gladys Ahela.

It was gathered that the victim Ahela had relocated to Saba Saba area within the Mombasa Central Business District ( CBD) in Kenya, following an influx of visitors from upcountry during the festive season.

Imodia was reportedly angered with the Ksh150 price the victim was charging her customers and the many clients she was receiving in a day.

Recounting what happened between them, Ahela said; 

"A client had earlier approached me and enquired how much l was charging. l said Ksh150. She [the accused] overhead our conversation and told the rest of us [sex workers] that l was charging lower prices which are usually charged in Likoni and not around Mombasa CBD. She warned me that their prices ranged from Ksh350 and above."

Ahela said she was verbally attacked by Mariam Imodia whenever she saw her around their work area. She alleged that each time Imodia sees her, she always says "those who prefer to sell themselves at a cheaper price have arrived."

Ahela who is heavily pregnant further revealed that after she confronted Imoda on why she developed a habit of attacking her, she (Imodia) attacked and assaulted her. 

She added; 

"Your honour judge, as you can see I'm younger compared to her so l know how to make my clients happy and that is why they keep on coming back." 

Imodia on her own part, admitted in court that she assaulted the young sex worker after she rendered her and others jobless by charging low prices.

She said; 

"I'm a mother to two children l felt bad since she had taken all our clients."

After the magistrate asked both parties how they want the matter to be resolved, the complaint informed the court she wants to be paid Ksh40,000 to cater for her medical expenses following the assault.


Chris Kehinde Nwandu is the Editor In Chief of CKNNEWS || He is a Law graduate and an Alumnus of Lagos State University, Lead City University Ibadan and Nigerian Institute Of Journalism || With over 2 decades practice in Journalism, PR and Advertising, he is a member of several Professional bodies within and outside Nigeria || Member: Institute Of Chartered Arbitrators ( UK ) || Member : Institute of Chartered Mediators And Conciliation || Member : Nigerian Institute Of Public Relations || Member : Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria || Fellow : Institute of Personality Development And Customer Relationship Management || Member and Chairman Board Of Trustees: Guild Of Professional Bloggers of Nigeria

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