A sex-worker shocked listeners on Zodiak Broadcasting Station’s (ZBS) N’chani Kodi aMalawi programme when she claimed she has slept with young people as young as 12 years old. She told presenter Trinity Mbalaza during her visit to Salima’s Kamuzu Road.
The woman (name withheld) also said she is happy to be have romps with other women’s’ husbands since she also gets support to take care of her children.
She again lamented that sometimes she is taken long distances by men, such as far as Senga Bay, where she is beaten and denied payment after being sexually used.
“I have slept with young boys as young as 12 years old. If the kids show me enough money I go and have sex with them. Most of them, being novices, demand for unprotected sex and I tell myself, fine, let him die where he came from,” she openly revealed.
On abuse she added: “It is such a risky business but we have to do it all the same to fend for our children.”
The woman, who is part of a group that is been earmarked for business management and behavioral change by Theatre For Change, added: “We are ready to get off the streets and do honest business should we get loans. “
“You will never see us on the roads if we were empowered,” said the woman, who pries her business around Kamuzu Road.
Rhoda Ndovi, Program Manager for Theatre for Change and responsible for behavioural change, dealing with HIV and AIDS prevention and advocacy, said: “We train such women on how they can share their real life stories towards raising awareness and support from organisations and business ventures such as banks and others. We aim to help them with business skills.”
Ndovi added that there are similar groups of prostitutes in Lilongwe’s N’gona where ten women have been empowered and are making between MK11,000 and MK20,000 daily making sausages.
“There is also a group in Kasungu which is successfully now rearing chickens as a business. We also have some in Area 25 and Chinsapo,” she said, adding that unfortunately the Chinsapo group shared the loan and are peddling opaque beer (Chibuku) selling business, failing to succeed.
Theatre for Change is also looking for support from other stakeholders to target women in Salima’s Chipoka and Senga Bay, and other areas of Malawi.
“We are now trying to work with Salima Assembly and others to assist us locate such groups as we are not aware of them and their specific problems. It is however not automatic that we do train any prostitute. We need them to come into groups for easier supporting,” she concluded.
Economic hardships faced in Malawi has seen a rise in prostitution, with more schoolgirls, housewives and working class women joining the trend in ordxer to survive. The country faces a high risk of rising HIV and AIDS cases.
The devaluation of the Kwacha and continued changes in fuel prices impacts are forcing many Malawian women onto the streets.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :