Monday, September 16, 2013

Harare Pregnant woman confesses that she has been having S*X with different men for 13 years and she will never quit

HARARE - Memory Shiri, 35, a s*x worker in Harare, says she will never quit her trade because it is helping her take care of her family.

Shiri, who has been in the “oldest profession” for 13 years, says the Zimbabwe government should legalise s*x work, for the “ladies of the night” to be able to fight for their rights.
“I am proud of what I do because it helps me look after my family,” she said confidently at an HIV/Aids symposium organised by the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR) last week.
“I decided to use my womanhood because it is the most effective, just like a builder uses his hands, why can’t the law protect me so that my rights are observed and I can be able to defend myself from abuse?”
A pregnant Shiri claimed  the  magistrates, prosecutors and police officers who try to drive them away from the profession are the very clients who are buying s*x from them.
“Police officers are our first clients, though it’s hard to get them to pay, and those PPs (public prosecutors) are actually our rich clients,” Shiri said.
She said it was better if more organisations engage s*x workers, educating them on crime, health and their human rights.
“I believe everyone has a right to choice and I chose to use my private part,” she said. “With the way we operate if you treat us as (s*x workers) like ZLHR is by properly teaching us the law that if I steal from a client I would be committing a crime and if I kill a client I would have committed a crime, that would help us,” she said.
“I urge other groups to follow suit and come and help us. And for those who deal with health issues, if you help us openly, because s*x work is there and a reality, if you help us by treating s*xually transmitted diseases and teach us about s*xual health, it will help curb the spreading of these diseases in Zimbabwe.”
Asked if she knew the man responsible for her pregnancy given that she has multiple s*x partners per night, the s*x worker said she did.
“Yes, I know him, because I am responsible for condom use,” she said. “But on the day I was drunk.
However, the person does not want to be associated with the pregnancy, but I will take care of my baby.”
She paid homage to aid agencies that have come to s*x workers’ help.
“Katswe Sisterhood was one of the first organisations to open their arms to us after realising that s*x work will not end, but they take us and sit down with us and educate and inform us while ZLHR is another organisation that has helped us against criticism,” she said.
“In our trade, we are very violent because we live like animals because we want money, so when ZLHR teaches us the law that if we assault anyone we will be committing crimes, it reduces violence.
“We are taught that even spreading HIV without informing a s*xual partner is a crime, I tread carefully and thus also reducing the spread of the virus.
“I will not stop doing s*x work, everyone is doing it in a way, though differently. Some only chose to change their names to their husbands’, I decided to use mine. Even if you give me thousands of dollars, I won’t stop.”
David Hofisi, a lawyer with ZLHR, said s*x workers were vulnerable groups operating in a tough environment.
“Decriminalisation will help address gender-based violence and help the s*x workers fight for their rights,” he said.
Tabitha Khumalo, the Member of Parliament for Bulawayo East, who was once widely criticised for calling for decriminalisation of s*x work, said people needed to accept that s*x work was there and “not bury their heads in the ground like ostriches.

Source: dailynews

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