By Farai Shawn Matiashe.
MUTARE, Zimbabwe Thomson Reuters Foundation - Dressed in a miniskirt and blouse, Esther Kamupunga stood in semi-darkness waiting for men looking for sex - the latest Zimbabwean to lose her job in a deepening economic crisis, worsened by the new coronavirus.
When the first COVID case was detected in March, Zimbabwe rapidly ria dating into lockdown, and the year-old single mother and waitress was laid off in the eastern city of Mutare.
Our business came to a standstill due to lockdown I could not watch them going to bed without eating anything. The southern African nation is experiencing its worst economic crisis in a decade, with crippling hyperinflation, unemployment, strikes by public workers and shortages of food, medicine and foreign currency.
Sex workers and dating newfoundland providing them with health care services said the of women selling sex has increased, particularly young girls facing hunger at home.
Savadye said she received reports of children having sex in exchange for money or gifts from March to June - double the year - in Mazowe, a mining town 40 km north of Harare. Her charity has been giving food parcels to hungry families.
Zimbabwe has recorded some 8, coronavirus cases and about deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University. Coronavirus restrictions have made sex work riskier as women have been unable to get free condoms from their usual clinics and illegal brothels in residential areas and downtown nightclubs have closed.
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But Zemura said some of her members chose not to use condoms because they can charge more. Many brothels remain closed, although the easing of the curfew - with people told to stay home from 8pm to 6am - has allowed sex workers back on to the streets, she said.
Although coronavirus infection housewives wants nsa pierce nebraska are falling and most children have returned to school this month, many women fear they will not be able to return to their old jobs. International borders have yet to reopen, forcing one former trader, who used to buy kitchen utensils and clothes in South Africa for resale locally, to keep selling her body to provide for herself and her.
I send money to them every month.
She hopes to return to her old job when borders women seeking for sex centre in December. But Bhoroma, the economist, was sceptical. Please credit the Thomson Reuters Foundation, the charitable arm of Thomson Reuters, that covers the lives of people around the world who struggle to live freely or fairly.
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