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Desperate hookers terrorise suburb

by Staff reporter
21 Sep 2017 at 14:35hrs | Views
The proverbial expression "the law is an ass" might have considerable meaning to victims of rampaging prostitutes here in the mountainous city.

Of course the ass being referred to here is the donkey (its English colloquial name).

According to phrases.org.uk the expression refers to the application of the law that is contrary to common sense.

Prostitutes in Mutare are fully exploiting the ruling by the Constitutional Court in May 2015 which outlawed their arrests on account of soliciting for prostitution, by engaging in acts which have left ordinary people embarrassed and angered by their actions.

The desperate hookers have taken control of sections of Hobhouse during the night and employed shameful aggressive methods which include blackmail and extortion.

Residents are bitter over the apparent takeover of parts of the suburb and told a Family Planning and Adolescent Sexual Reproductive Health (FP/ASRH) provincial co-ordination forum meeting how the hookers were "contaminating" the neighbourhood through their shameful acts.

ZNNP+ programmes manager Evelyn Chamisa who stays in Hobhouse said the situation was spiralling out of hand.

"Just this other day around 4:00am we woke up to a noise that was being made by females as they were shouting ‘thief, thief'.

"We saw a neighbour of ours who is a very respectable man running from these women who had accosted him after he dropped off from his company vehicle.

"We, however, deduced that he was being harassed from the way the women were scantily dressed and how they were laughing as they shouted," said Chamisa.

Caiphas Mupisa, a commissioned police medical official also corroborated the claim during the meeting adding that no dignified men would go through the place twice.

"Men are being stripped of their dignity by these commercial sex workers and no one in their right senses would walk through those places twice," Mupisa said.

This has become the trend in almost all areas that commercial sex workers have managed to settle themselves said Tendai Samushonga, a Family Health International 360 (FHI 360) senior official.

Samushonga said fear of being embarrassed in the media was often forcing some men to give in and pay for services they would not have been rendered.

"When you show no interest they start following demanding money from you claiming you had not paid them last night.

"Because you would not want to be publicly humiliated you unwillingly throw a few coins on the ground so that they leave you alone," said Samushonga.

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