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    Hard times hit Zvish sex workers as economy tumbles

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    TARIRO MACHOKOTO

    ZVISHAVANE –
    The economic hard times facing Zimbabweans have not spared sex workers in the small mining town of Zvishavane.
    The times are so hard that the sex workers have reduced their charges for a quickie from $5 to $2. A group of sex workers did not even have the shame to come to The Mirror offices and plead for assistance to spread their reduced rates.
    “We need to survive, all we need is just some money to buy food and we are taking anything from $2. Sometimes we take even $1 just so that we have money to buy vegetables or a loaf of bread,” said Rutendo Tinagwo.
    Zvishavane is known for a lot of cash because of the tens of illegal gold miners found around the town and the well-paid Mimosa Mine workers. However, the story is different this festive season. There is no cash and clients are hard to come by and if they do they always negotiate.
    Tinagwo popularly known as Rue said that the economic challenges were forcing them to do the Xmas promotion.
    She also said that if they stick to their price of $5 short time they would fail to get even a 2kg of rice for Christmas and New Year.
    "We have thought of running this promotion because things are difficult for everyone. If we continue charging our normal charges to our clients we can end up failing to get even one client," said Tinagwo.
    Thelma Mambo one of the sex workers also told The Mirror that they were now failing to get clients as they used to do.
    She said they used to get more than 10 clients per night but it was now impossible for them to reach the figure.
    "Our lives are now miserable because we are getting at most 5 clients per night and others will be offering even as little as a $1. Some are so heartless that they will sleep with you but they won’t pay," said Mambo.
    However some of the sex workers who refused to be named said that they have now started working on projects such as poultry so that life becomes easy for them.
    They said that even though they are doing such projects the profit is not enough as the sales are low.

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