People around one of Malawi’s popular business spots, Lunzu Trading Centre in Blantyre, woke up to shocking news Sunday morning when a commercial sex worker was found dead with her private parts cut off.
The sex worker, 29-year-old Bernadeta Lozanyamba, was found in a pool of blood in her room.
Southern Region Police Spokesperson Nicholas Gondwa said the lady was renting a single room at Kang’ombe Rest House where she was offering her services.
The sex worker who hails from Makwinja Village, TA Kaphuka in Dedza District, is thought to have been throttled to death by a man who posed as a client.
Her body is currently at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital (QECH) for a postmortem and police are investigating the matter.
Sex work is criminalised in Malawi with those practicing it being subjected to high level stigma and abuse.
Malawi is estimated to have between 30 000 and 50 000 full time sex workers out of a population of almost eight million women.
Research conducted in the country’s major cities also reveals that most sex workers experience abuse from clients and police as they patrol areas.