Zimbabwe Sex Workers Now Accept Beans, Maize as Payment

Prostitutes in Zimbabwe have now adopted desperate measures of survival as they admit that clients often find it difficult to pay in cash. They now accept buckets of maize and cups of beans as payment for their services.

This special form of trade by barter is fast becoming the new normal by the sex workers in the Dema Growth Point region of the country.

According to a report by a local news outlet, New Zimbabwe, some of the sex workers appealed to the government and other organisations for low-interest loans to start income-generating projects to fend for their starving families.

A sex worker, who identified herself as Alice stated;

“Gone are the days when we used to charge US$5 for the whole night. These days even one dollar is accepted so that you are able to buy vegetables and tomatoes and cook something for your starving children.”

Alice disclosed that she has three children, one of which is in Form 4. The child needs Zimbabwe Schools Examination Council (ZIMSEC) registration fees while the other kids are in Grade 7 and Grade One.

She further said; “I now even accept a bucket of maize or cups of dried beans as payment for sex services. At least I am assured that my kids will have porridge.”

Another sex worker identified only as Mavis said she could have opted to be a house helper. She however said locals don’t pay.

The sex workers who spoke to the publication were attending a Key Affected Populations (KAP) workshop meant to find ways of reducing HIV and sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

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