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Social security for commercial sex workers

27 Mar 2018 at 08:29hrs | Views
Most retired commercial sex workers are now a sorry sight with no 'clients' and no income.

Bleached skin is now showing ugly permanent marks and the laugh lines have become emblematic. It is high time authorities recognise the oldest profession and let the thigh vendors join the NSSA scheme.

The social security programme can be handy when the once jaw-dropping beauties become old, unwanted and unloved. At their peak these young women never think one day they will 'hang their legs' and need support from well-wishers and next of kin.

They should be counseled and advised to start contributing to the NSSA scheme so that when the time comes, as it sure will, there will be something to fall back on in the form of monthly pension payout. In both towns and villages, retired old sex workers are finding it hard to go by.

In their prime, these women should also take up small courses like dress-making, market gardening, poultry and so on. Surely one cannot survive on 'horizontal-wrestling' alone, there are incurable diseases out there.

Occupational hazards are plenty, violent clients, robberies, abuse and alcoholism are some but just to name a few. People are still dying of HIV/AIDS, join some income generating projects and live a healthy life.

Thomas Murisa. Harare.
Source - Thomas Murisa
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