Sex for Groceries in Hungry Zimbabwe: Report
September 15, 2003
Teenagers are selling sex for groceries in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, as rampant inflation -- running at more than 426 percent -- and cash and food shortages make survival a challenge. Desperate girls offer sex, according to the Standard newspaper, for "groceries and other basic commodities that are in short supply." Fifteen-year-old Zandile Nyoni told the paper, "One of my regulars is a company executive and he even buys groceries for me." Health officials fear the young women are making themselves vulnerable to HIV/AIDS, which affects at least one in four Zimbabweans. Official estimates state that as many as 4,000 people die per week from AIDS-related illnesses.
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