Sex workers show off work

SEX workers have, for the first time, been granted the opportunity to exhibit at this year’s Zimbabwe International Trade Fair (ZITF) after being barred from participating at previous fairs.

BY TALENT GUMPO

Sexual Rights Centre legal support officer Sipho Khumalo told Southern Eye yesterday that they were delighted to be allowed to exhibit at the trade showcase for the first time in the history of the fair.

“It is so great to be here showcasing our work. It has been a struggle, but we are glad that we have finally got the chance to express ourselves for society and the society to know that sex work is work like any other,” she said.

“We are happy that we got the chance to show the world that we are not parasites, we are working to earn a living for our families.”

Khumalo said previously, efforts to exhibit at ZITF hit a brick wall, as society still had negative perceptions about the profession.

“We have tried to exhibit before, but we have been met with criticism because people do not really appreciate the work we do. They do not realise that we are working to earn a living, but we have since engaged other civic society organisations that work with us advocating for sexual rights and we are here,” she said.

“We are here, we are part of the community and we are not going anywhere. We are trying to teach people that they should accept us as part of them and desist from violating us because we are just like any other member of the society.”

Khumalo said the exhibition had given sex workers a platform to be recognised in society and to teach people about safe sex.

“People know little about our profession, so here we teach them that we practise safe sex and we must not be seen as people who are spreading HIV as society views us,” she said.

The Health and Child Care ministry last year reported that the country had about 44 586 sex workers, with 7 000 of them based in Bulawayo.


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48 Comments

  1. what the hell and so what are there exhibiting ???????????ummmm

    1. Comment…I wonder what is being exhibited by these people

  2. Ndatadza kubata nyaya iyi mushe mushe, pangaitewo muturikiri here? Vanhu ava vari kunatsoda kushambadza chiiko? Pamwe munyori asiirira zvakakosha munyaya.

  3. makunakuna

  4. ummm am l dreaming or, could this be true????? mazuva ekupedzesera chokwadi

    1. surely these are the last days where people are doing anything ,thinking that they can get by it . some of the dirty things are done in name of civilization and common sense 2 thesalonians 2. you cant outwit the devil by reasoning,noooo

  5. Stop the madness!!!
    What are supposed to teach our kids?
    If we tolerate this, they will even go as far as introducing “Proffesional Sex Work” Diplomas and Degrees in tertiary institutions…
    You’re now turning the whole nation into Sodom and Gomorrah

  6. Comment…Fellow women, espeacially the married must visit this stand so as to see and undestand what attracts and happens to hubby and the changes raised by the sex workers for service rendered, kkkk

  7. Mashura Patown

    Soon condoms will be availed to primary schools because tirivanhu vekupenga. Mahure anoda kuratidza vanhu chii? In a way sex is commercialised kana zvadai and I hope soon gvt will be taxing these money makers… Handiti ibasa here sezvarehwa… therefore, pay tax all sex workers…..

    1. ….’We want their votes…..so lets allow them to showcase their sex trade BUT as soon as we ‘WIN’ we will arrest them. Anyone who opposes this we will surely arrest him’

      Does this sound familia……….

      This is abomination, we musn’t allow these people of loose moral parade their honey-pots in our societies, ITS a NO from me. They don’t add value to our culture as a nation. Very soon GAYS will be fighting for their rights. Even if we want to maximise numbers in votes during this period of elections, this strategy is SATANIC.

      1. True. Izvi zvinotoda minamato yakasimba. Satan arikurwisa nyika yedu. He wants us down, he wants us loose dignity and identity as nation

  8. pakaipa apa

  9. Its the organisation that is advocating for Sex workers not sex workers who are exhibiting at ZITF comrade journalist do not give the public the wrong information.

    1. no much difference ….. Is there?

  10. what has gone wrong with our country Zim

  11. God help us now before we perish.

  12. Ndiyani avabvumidza wacho iyeye!! ?

  13. This is nonsense gentlemen. Do not ABUSE our ZITF PLESASE. What the hell is this. ummmm Mr president of the republic of Zimbabwe , are you aware of this. This must not happen.

  14. Im sure their stand will be full.Varegrei vashambadze mabasa anosiyana.

  15. Sekuru Chaminuka

    Comment…We are in new dispensation and Zimbabwe is open to business. I dont think this nonsense would have been permitted under Gushungo

  16. what was the rationale of the zitf allowing such abomination to go public its a shame Hebrews 13v4 .Give those people Jesus Christ and watch happened next

    1. Not everyone is a christian. Besides there are plenty of mahule in churches, only that you lie to each other and pretend it doesn’t exit.

  17. Ndiyo employment yakavimbiswa iyi. Regai vatengese nhingi.Munhu wese anoda mari. These memorandum of understandings tanzwa nadzo. Hadzidyike.

  18. Hawu bakithi…What are these people teaching the nation?.If you want to teach people safe why don’t you let the clinics or hospitals exhibit since their under the ministry of health.I think this is an abomination to the nation,we are slowlu losing our morals as a nation.Buy beholding we become and by becoming we are changed.

  19. vamwe vari ku exhibita tecnology nefinancial intelligence…. vamwe voita zvema hure…. ha hameno,,,, we r open for sexual business

  20. madness

  21. Ndapererwa ini

  22. master blatser

    AAAAAAAAAH ITS CRAZY MHANI KUTOONA CHIHURE SEBASA SAKA VANA KANA VAPEDZA CHIKORO VOITA MAHURE HERE SEZVO RIRI BASA IMIKA ITAI MUSHE…

  23. Ndezvekupenga izvi aaah

  24. Ahhhh thus trying to Legalise dirty work. Hey you whores thus dirty work you are doing. What do you want to tell the World?

  25. Comment…pasi nemahure,topisa stand yacho yavachada kuitira chihure ichocho kusanyara vanhu vakuru,hura wega i privacy yako not for public consumption,shit mhani

  26. Nonsense!

  27. Hahaha. Zimbabwe US so desperate. Instead of investing in making products like China, we’re investing in mikongo – now available for CD1s?

    Those Zanu Pf morons have really lost ideas now. Sex now equal to Airbus A380 manufacturing!

  28. Zvakozvenyuhazvirehwimayivepi Mazivazvangumhakayakora

    Comment…Masaramusi. Tapererwa, hatirarame. Ndiyani akavaverenga, akaona huwandu hwavo. Zvino Hurumende ichawana mari yemutero, Mazani, Gurukota reTsika neMagariro?
    Kuwanda kwemabasa munyika????????? Zvakaoma mhanduwewe.

  29. Chakuyinga Chakuparonda

    Comment…Kykykykyky!!!!! Gegegege!!!! Yaaaaaaa!!!! Mumwe akati masayisayi ngaabatike zvakanakisa munhu ari kuSMALL HSE. Mumwewo akati mayiwe, ndasaririra, ngativape pekushambadzira
    Makwikwi chaiwo ekurasha hunhu. Zvimwe ndoimweka yemakambani arikuvhurwa. Jehovah, Samasimba, Musiki wedenga nenyika, pindirayi.

  30. Sex worker baddie

    Apa munhu wese who commented here Ndimi munoCatcher. Tibvirei kuita kunge musinga bhadhari 😂😂😂😂😂

  31. ADOPT THE BRITISH CONSTITUTION

  32. Hokoyo nemahure kkkkkkkkkk

  33. Lowu ngumsangano sibili mashura imhlola what the world has turned into. I think Zimbabwe needs deliverance. We gonna perish….

  34. Shuwashuwa here????

    ‘kushambadzira pachena’ you want those who don’t know to know and come and buy…….

  35. Shuwashuwa here????

    On the otherside, shuwa vakadzi ngavaende apa vanodzidziswa kuti varume vanoda chii kuti vazviitewo mudzimba varume vasabude. apa mari dziri kutapurwa ndedzemadzimai ari mudzimba. these ladies move with time and madzimai need to regulary visit these ladies for workshops and current updates. ko vane ma registered offices here vanhu ava. Ukaenda ku gochi gochi unoona mota dzevarume dzinenge dziine these ladies or kuma night clubs. zvapotswa nekushambadzira pachena kwavaita but otherwise we know kuti this industry is there. Inga wasu wakati …. ” Mhamba ingonaka ngewamai”… vasikana endai nevarume venyu kumabhawa modzoka navo kumba movafadzawo kumba… industry iyi inobhuroka iyi….

  36. Problem in Zimbabwe you never want to address the real situations as they are all people do is bit around the bush.Yes sex work is work and people have been making a living out of it musaite sezvinonzi you dont know kuti these people exist. You are the very people who actually go and pick them up at their points. This issue is just the same as the gay society in Zimbabwe they are there and even though their existence is not acknowledged we have such in the society.
    Until we have a realistic view of whats happening some of the problems will never be solved.

  37. Which hall

  38. Comment…even mhondi nembavha are earning a living saka toti ibasa iroro same nechihure muzim we do not need industry dzakadaro. Pasi nazvo mhanhi ndiyani akazvibvumidza iyeye?

  39. that’s being

  40. ska humbavha muchatoburitsa pachena ka movapawo pekuitira exhibition hant vanhu vanoba kut vararamise mhuri dzavo.

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