Violence Against Sex Workers In Dema

Prostitution has been regarded as the oldest profession since time immemorial however for sex workers in Dema the profession comes with a price. Sasha a sex worker in the area says she resorted to the profession as a way to fend for her children however they are exposed to violence from some clients

Violence Against Sex Workers In Dema

Story by Chiedza Mutyavaviri

Prostitution has been regarded as the oldest profession since time immemorial however for sex workers in Dema the profession comes with a price.

Sasha a sex worker in the area says she resorted to the profession as a way to fend for her children however they are exposed to violence from some clients

"Some clients do not pay after sex. They threaten to stab you with knives should you insist on payment. They even take all the money that I would have worked for that day. It pains because I am left with nothing to feed my children,” laments Sasha

 
Hostility does not only come from clients as the community also segregate her from social activities because of her profession.


"We have other talents and abilities which we can do in the community but people from the c look down upon us and do not allow us to participate in social activities because we are sex workers."


During her work, Sasha says some men refuse to use protection which exposes her to STIs and HIV/AIDS. This becomes a big challenge when she is infected because it is expensive to be treated at hospitals.


"Another challenge that I face is that some clients do not want to use protection which results in STIs and I sometimes fail to pay the required amount of money to get treatment and it’s not good for my health."


According to a 2018 report by UNAIDS, more than half of all sex workers in Zimbabwe are living with HIV. UNAIDS states that gender inequality makes condom negotiation difficult for sex workers.


These are some of the experiences that most sex workers in Zimbabwe are facing during their business. Men who are not willing or who are not able to pay for sex use violence when sex workers claim their money.

 Knives are used to threaten women mostly young women who cannot defend themselves