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Sex worker reveals: I now accept dried maize or beans as payment

It has emerged that some sex workers at a place called Dema Growth Point in Zimbabwe now accept buckets of maize and cups of beans as payment for their services.

One of them, only named as Alice, confessed this.

According to her, the country’s struggle has had such a negative impact on their company that they no longer insist on asking a premium price for their services so that they may at least go home with anything.

She also expressed her dissatisfaction with the fact that she has three children, one of whom is in Form 4 and requires ZIMSEC (Zimbabwe Schools Examination Council) registration fees, while the other two are in Grades 7 and 1, requiring her to travel the additional mile.

“The days of charging $5 for the entire night are long gone.” Even one dollar is now accepted, allowing you to purchase veggies and tomatoes and prepare a meal for your hungry children.

“I now take money for sex services in the form of a bucket of corn or cups of dry beans.” At the very least, I know my kids will eat oatmeal,” he is said to have told a local magazine.

Other sex workers at the Dema Growth Point are said to have echoed Alice’s complaints, claiming that life has become miserable for them and their families.

They asked the government and other organizations for low-interest loans to launch income-generating companies, according to iHarare.

Meanwhile, due to the escalating expense of condoms and other basic supplies, some sex workers in the landlocked southern African country are now utilizing bread packets as contraception.


When condoms were scarce, a 21-year-old woman from Mutare allegedly told Manica Post that she began sex work at the age of 16 and that bread wrapping was used in place of condoms.

The news has concerned health officials across the country.

Using bread packets as condom substitutes, according to Mutare medical practitioner Dr Tendai Zuze, is unsafe since they are unfit for the purpose.

If the practice isn’t stopped, Zuze warns, it might lead to the spread of sexually transmitted illnesses.

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