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As condom costs climb, prostitutes are increasingly using bread packages! Tomatoes, vegetables, a bucket of maize, or cups of dry beans are other acceptable forms of payment.
8th of June, 2022

As the price of condoms and other basic necessities continues to soar in Zimbabwe, some sex workers have apparently resorted to using bread packages as contraception.

When sex workers are in low supply, bread wrapping is being used as a substitute for condoms, according to a 21-year-old sex worker from Mutare who talked to Manica Post.

Dr Tendai Zuze, a Mutare medical practitioner, also decried the fact that thigh merchants had resorted to using bread packets as a kind of protection. According to Zuze, bread packets are dangerous because they may not be sturdy enough to withstand the strain of friction during intercourse and can easily shatter, putting the persons involved at risk of sexually transmitted diseases transmission.

iHarare also reported that sex workers at Dema growth point are now accepting buckets of maize and cups of beans as payment from their cash-strapped male clients

Speaking to a local publication at Dema growth point in Seke rural, sex workers appealed to the government and other organisations for low-interest loans to start income-generating projects to fend for their starving families.

One of the sex workers, who only identified herself as Alice said;

“Gone are the days when we used to charge US$5 for the whole night. These days even one dollar is accepted, so that you are able to buy vegetables and tomatoes and cook something for your starving children.” 

She said she has three children, one of which is doing Form 4. The child needs ZIMSEC (Zimbabwe Schools Examination Council) registration fees while the other kids are in Grade 7 and Grade One.

Alice added;

“I now even accept a bucket of maize or cups of dried beans as payment for sex services. At least I am assured that my kids will have porridge.”

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