By HealthTimes Correspondent
AS competition gets thicker in the Avenues for commercial sex work following the the 2015 constitutional court’s landmark ruling which barred police from arresting sex workers, a sizable number of women of the the trade have migrated into the heart of the Central Business District (CBD) where the biggest male population is present.
A survey by healthtimes magazine indicates that there is now some serious competition in the profession as more and more young girls are now joining the profession due to a myriad of factors chief among them being the harsh economic environment and little employment opportunities.
A walk around Mbuya Nehanda and Nelson Mandela Street just at the break of dusk is evident of a world gone to the dogs as young girls, despite huge public presence line up along the streets waiting for their weak prey.
In an interview with one gentleman near the sex nest, he said the young ladies are using an abandoned building near the Dziva Rasekwa rank just behind the wall in Nelson Mandela and Mbuya Nehanda.
“You haven’t seen nothing yet my brother, these ladies use this place as their trading zone because they have a base right behind that wall, once they negotiate with their client, they move inside the walls and whatever happens there, I am sure I don’t know,” said the man.
According to reports, some of the sex workers are now conducting their business in broad daylight in a bid to beat the still competition that comes with the setting of the sun.
Commercial Sex work has been singled out as one of the major factors behind the HIV prevalence Zimbabwe is currently at.
According to statistics released by the National Aids Council (NAC) in 2016, about 54,4 percent of Commercial Sex Workers are HIV positive countrywide.
According to a research on 1000 sex wokers conducted by NAC in Manicaland and Matablelenand, prevalence rate on sex workers aged between 18 and 24 stands at 36 percent, 25-19 (55 percent), 30-39 (69 percent) and those aged 40 aged 40 years and above its 77 percent.