SEX WORKERS FACE THE BRUNT OF COVID 19 EFFECTS

By Sibonginkosi Maphosa

The novel Covid 19 induced setbacks have affected income for sex workers . This was revealed by a representative, Ashley Phiri who is also the co- founding member of an organization called Women Against All Forms of Discrimination (WAAD) during a tour by the United Nations delegates at Sexual Rights Centre ( SRC) in Bulawayo on Wednesday .

Phiri said Covid 19 pandemic reduced the number of clients seeking their services and this in turn made them plunge into acute bankruptcy.

Phiri further said as an organisation they were concerned about their counterparts doing the same trade in rural areas as she reiterated that they did not have enough information, funding and protection.

“Most of the sex workers in rural areas are forced to engage in unprotected sex because they do not receive enough condoms at their health care centres.”

Sex work in Zimbabwe is still considered a criminal offence and sex workers organisations are advocating for the di – criminalization of their trade.

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