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Zimbabwe: Intercourse Staff Left Dry As Wives Escort Hubbies to Tobacco Public sale Flooring

Macheke – Sex workers in this small farming town faced losses after most tobacco farmers decided to be escorted to tobacco auctions by their spouses that marketing season.

Farmers made the drastic decision not to lose their hard-earned money to theft or unnecessary spending on sex workers and other followers.

Cases have been reported in the past of wealthy male tobacco farmers who, after selling their crops on auction floors, became easy prey for sex workers who trade near the floors and drinking places.

Some of the farmers have lost thousands of dollars after being cheated on by sex workers who usually work with male criminals.

The sex workers recently admitted to NewZimbabwe.com that the days are over when cashless tobacco farmers would come to Macheke and spend big bucks on beer while paying well for sexual encounters.

Some of them did not return home until after they had spent all of their money.

Macheke is located in the Murewa district in the Mashonaland East province and is about 105 km east of the capital Harare.

The area is known for producing world class tobacco.

“We used to have to rely on tobacco farmers during this time, but now their wives accompany them to the auction halls and they can no longer be reached,” said a sex worker who only identified herself as Mucha.

Mucha is also a peer educator for the local sex workers.

“So it is now impossible for us to approach tobacco farmers who advertise beer or sex. The farmers also come to bars that are operated illegally with their wives, and as a result, the couples don’t have much time in town in recent years if they stayed for over a week.

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“Sex is work and if we don’t do anything, our children will starve to death and will not be able to go to school. We’re getting old and sex work won’t get us very far. We need to prepare for retirement, so we contact the authorities if we can get support with income-generating projects and withdraw from this business. “

According to Mucha, the sources of income for sex workers were also worsened by the Covid-19 pandemic, which made it difficult for most people to survive.

“Our prices have gone down and we only accept one dollar for sex now. Most beer shops are closed and those who operate illegally, cops come and chase us away and sometimes demand sexual favors as ‘good’.”

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