While a group of pastors in the southeastern Africa country are demanding of the government to arrest and treat some 4000 Malawian homosexuals as criminals, parents in the country are forcing young girls to queue up and sell sex in order to manage poverty and hunger in families.
This is according to the nation’s Nyasa Times report where the country’s youth commissioner in National Aids Commission (NAC), Chimwemwe Kaonga lamented that many girls are queuing up for sex with men in streets and drinking joints.
Kaonga narrated that he did a spot check during one of the evening in the townships. He saw “tens and tens of girls, some as young as 12 and 13 years standing along the streets and drinking joints waiting for men to exchange their bodies with money.
I was so shocked, this situation is deplorable and unacceptable,” Kaonga wailed.
BuzzSouthAfrica equally gathered based on what the NAC officials said, that some of the girls do not sell sex on their own accord but were forced to do so by their parents and guardians who are desperate to conquer poverty and hardship.
The youth commissioner called on leaders to work towards ensuring that pubs operate without accommodating under-age girls. To him, efforts to reduce new HIV infections in the country are being ridiculed by the increasing sex trade.
Regardless of the fact that it’s a crime to earn via sex in the country, the rise in unemployment stirred an increase in prostitution. Most of the girls dropped out of school to engage in sex trade, so as to earn income and support family members.
While one of the girls related that she’s been looking after her younger sisters since they lost their parents with her prostitution earnings, another commented thus – “if you’re lucky enough you sleep with two to three men and earn about 6000 Malawi kwacha.”