Tuesday, 11 August 2015

We Are Going Back Home... Mozambican Prostitutes.

Mozambican thigh vendors who had flocked to the Eastern Boarder town of Mutare are on a trek back to their motherland. The thigh vendors, who  had established base in in the eastern border city after the introduction of the multi-currency system in 2009 have now relocated across the border to Mozambique as business dwindles due to Zimbabwe’s harsh economic conditions.

According to reports from The Manica Post, locals are not gainfully employed and are restricted to vending in a jobless economy, many women have turned to thigh vending in order to survive, increasing competition for the commercial sex expatriates from across the border.

Hookers, most from Mozambique, had settled in Mutare since 2009, attracted by US dollar which replaced the worthless local currency as well as a business boom inspired by the Marange diamond bonanza.

But the diamonds are gone, ditto the marginal economic revival under the coalition government.

With local companies shutting down and thousands of workers thrown onto the streets, thigh vendors say while clients are willing, they just can’t don’t have penny to spare.

A visit by NewZimbabwe.com to Mozambique last week established that most thigh vendors who had camped at lodges in Mutare have now shifted across the border to Chimoio and Manica.
We Are Going Back Home... Mozambican Prostitutes.
The thigh vendors said business was better in Chimoio and Manica than in Mutare.

“Night life in Mutare is now dead. There is no money. Most people are not working so there is no business.

“Our client base in Mutare is dwindling everyday so we have decided to come to Mozambique where industry is thriving,” said Paula Augustino aged 29 who has been living in Mutare since 2009.

Another thigh vendor, Samira Neto, 32, said it was now difficult to raise $20 in Mutare a night.

“Zimbabweans are broke to tell the truth. They are now focusing on feeding their families. They don’t have extra for entertainment.
“They will prefer to pay $5 or less a night. The money is too paltry to pay fees and buy food for my kids,” said Neto.

Neto added that she retreated to Mozambique in March this year after discovering that the cost of living in Mutare was much higher as compared to her native country.

She said she used to pay $200 to stay at a lodge for a month in Mutare but now forked out about $50 for the same room in Mozambique.

“Here in Mozambique I can raise $40 a night from truck drivers but in Mutare you have to work extra hard to raise $10.

“The competition is now tough as everyone is coming to join the profession. The situation is bad across the border,” Neto said.

She said Chimoio night spots "are kicking throughout the night" compared to Mutare where clubs are disserted before midnight.
A truck driver said prostitutes in Mozambique were more expensive than in Mutare.

“Thigh vendors here charge $10 and above but in Zimbabwe the economy is dead and the ladies are desperate to eke a living so they take anything you put on the table,” said Terrence Radebe, a South African truck driver.

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