Sunday, September 14, 2003

Sex for groceries in hungry Zimbabwe: Report

BULAWAYO — Teenagers are selling sex for groceries in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, as rampant inflation — running at more than 426 percent — and cash and food shortages make survival a challenge.

Desperate girls offer sex, according to the Standard newspaper, for "groceries and other basic commodities that are in short supply." Fifteen-year-old Zandile Nyoni told the paper, "One of my regulars is a company executive and he even buys groceries for me."

Health officials fear the young women are making themselves vulnerable to HIV/AIDS, which affects at least one in four Zimbabweans. Official estimates state that as many as 4,000 people die per week from AIDS-related illnesses.

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