Why some Malawian girls are taking a bold step into sex work

Some Malawian girls appear to be making the most of a court ruling from last year which granted consideration towards prostitutes’ rights, despite the profession’s illegality, in reaction to the unfavourable economic situation that the [Southern] African country currently faces.

Desperate times call for desperate measures

Desperate times call for desperate measures

In Blantyre, Malawi’s business district, girls as young as 12 and 13 years old are queuing on the streets to peddle sex for money as a means of self-sustenance.

Some of the girls spotted were reportedly forced into prostitution by their relatives, but all of them are products of the severe droughts, food shortages and general economic sufferings in Malawi at the moment. It has been reported that many teenage girls in the area sell their bodies for as little as $2 for unprotected sex.

Malawi has been battling a major food shortage since 2013, after the country was unable to reap any harvests due to a drought and then, in 2015, when severe flooding ruined farmlands, food stock and homes, making it difficult for Malawians to eat or make ends meet.

Last year, the United Nations forecasted that about 2.8 million Malawians will be faced with a hunger crisis and this is currently the case with Malawi operating on a zero deficit budget and limited foreign aid.

Furthermore, Malawi’s refugee crisis does nothing to alleviate the situation. In the Dzaleka Refugee Camp, where over 25,000 refugees are domiciled, food shortage is the order of the day and girls, such as the ones seen on the streets of Blantyre, have had to resort to selling their bodies, in addition to their constant exposure to sexual exploitation and violence.

Related to this, a 14-year-old girl in Lilongwe stabbed her mother to death with an umbrella because the deceased asked her to stop being involved in prostitution.

The National AIDS Commission has expressed worry over the fact that the emergence of the girls in Blantyre and their sexual activities could escalate, thereby, hindering efforts to prevent the spread of the disease in the country.

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10 thoughts on “Why some Malawian girls are taking a bold step into sex work”

  1. Pumpksman says:

    They are respecting the Demon kalasi verse which says “Life is like a burning cigarette you puff & ensure that when it consumes u have enjoyed it, mapeto ake nkudzimbidwapo even Drews liversalt can not help, waku graveyard basi! Mupezathelast Certificateyotchipa.

  2. sahannie says:

    ZIMANDIPWETEKA M’MTIMA NDIKAMAMVA ZA UHULE WA ANAWA,TSOGOLO LA DZIKO LATHU TALIONONGA.PAPEZEKE CHILANGO KWA OCHITA CHIGOLOLO NDI ANAWA.

  3. MAVUTO ZGAMBO says:

    GOVERNMENT PLEASE DO SOMETHING.

  4. Tikondane says:

    Edzi masiku ano yinabisala mu tiana ngati iti. Zidyani ndi mafupa omwe m’mene mukunenera; mupita mulisiya dziko likukoma komanso nkusiyanso ana anu paumasiye nkukatheranso kujahena.

  5. kamalo stella says:

    siukunama chifukwa akamumanga amakhala kut wajayela kundende anthu amaberekanso kungo kwapula wakuva amava wosava samavabe

  6. Sandress James Nkhoma says:

    The signs of last days on earth. You go to the very same are in praise team preaching at night the preach in another way round. Even man of God are in the same wagon. Last day those who patrol the cities are eating the same night food who else could run away from such free and cheap food. May God save our nation.

  7. Steve says:

    SEX WORK FOR MONEY IS RAMPANT IN EVERDAY LIFE OF MEN AND WOMEN IN MALAWI..
    DON’T BE FOOLED TO THINK THAT IT IS ONLY FEMALES THAT ARE SELLING THEIR BODIES
    IN SUCH A POVERTY STRICKEN SOCIETY WITHOUT ANY JOBS OR HOPE FOR FUTURE JOBS..
    SEX TOURISM IS A BIG PART OF MALAWIAN SOCIETY AND MEN ARE SELLING THEIR BODIES TO FOREIGN MALE AND FEMALE TOURISTS WITHOUT HESITATION. THE SAD THING ABOUT THIS IS THAT PEOPLE IN THE COUNTRY HAVE THEIR HEADS BURIED SO DEEP IN THE SAND THAT WIVES AND GIRLFRIENDS OF A GREAT MAJORITY DONT KNOW WHAT THEIR HUSBANDS AND BOYFRIENDS ARE DOING!.. THERE IS A LARGE MAJORITY OF GAY, BISEXUAL AND GAY FOR PAY MEN IN THE COUNTR AS IN ANY OTHER COUNTRY..
    WAKE UP MALAWI AND KNOW THE FACTS ABOUT LIFE RSPECIALLY IN SUCH A POOR COUNTRY WHERE YEAR AFTER YEAR THERE IS NO IMPROVEMENT ECONOMICALLY

  8. Makwelakwela says:

    Tiana ngati iti ife nde timadya ndimafupa omwe, osavalaso ndi kondomu yomwe……..
    kukagaila tima virus basi iyaaa

  9. Hulelicious lalimuna says:

    to be honest prostitution is rampant among some decent working women as well as housewives.
    they get your number, they hook you into some quick unexpected sex, next thing you hear when they call you is can you pay for my water and electricity bills? can you please pay for my kids school fees? can you please buy me 10 bags of cement am building my house somewhere, will you please fill up my fuel tank every Friday? can you send me airtime (not less that MK15,000.00 every week?

    nde bola apamsewo omwewatu 3 pin ndi condom 5 pin ya nyama ku nyama no strings attached.
    apatingoti kalowa mu ufa basi.Palibe wabwino ma housewife, ogwira ntchito ndi ma night queens chimodzi modzi nkhani ndi ya cash basi

  10. Dikisan says:

    Azako okongola ali pansi. Watsala ndiwe. tikaika. Vuto la Malawi ndi demokalase. Malawi safunika demokalase. Ana ngati awa kuwapeza kukwapula basi. Osawamanga. Zaka zachepa. A city patrol Azingokwapula ngati momwe mumathamangitsila ma vendor mu street basi!

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