A self-confessed hooker believes she would be better off in agriculture after a Covid-19 lockdown left her and other se_x workers without a source of income.
Thirteen se_x workers accommodated in the Avenues area on Tuesday received food hampers, face masks and sanitary pads from a local woman touched by their plight during the national lockdown.
The ladies of the night could not resist the groceries and sanitary pads from Daisy Muzopa after they narrated the challenges they are facing since the beginning of Covid-19.
Chief among their challenges were to access money for basic needs since their potential clients are hardly finding their way to spend more due to coronavirus.
Muzopa told H-Metro that one of the hookers shared with her their dilemma while queuing to buy mealie-meal and that forced her to source for groceries.
“Describing them as se_x workers is bad but to call them prodigal daughters or lost souls sounds better since they are our relatives,” said Muzopa.
“One of them narrated to me her marital problems that left her hooking men for money and that touched me considering that she has two children to look after.
“She has two children under the custody of her mother at the village and her mother is not aware that she is into sex work.
“She came to Harare and found a job as a maid following her separation with her husband and later joined se_x workers after her employer failed to pay her dues.
“From her narration I came to recognise her family and believed her story after she gave me details of her parents and I visited them and saw the children.
“Such family issues that involves children’s rights forced me to visit her along with other se_x workers to give them groceries as well as take my time listening to their plights,” said Muzopa.
One of the hookers only identified as Sharon thanked Muzopa with the donation saying Covid-19 has forced her to relocate to the village.
“Muzopa’s concern with us as se_x workers touched my heart considering our status in the society,” said Sharon.
“God has ministered to me in another way that after national lockdown I will return to my village and start again because of Covid-19.
“My clients are no longer answering calls, I spent nights peeping through the window to look for men as well as fearing security agents and this rang a bell into my ears for me to repent.
“Relying on other women’s husbands does not pay. Lockdown has forced our clients to spend days with their families wangu mwana achitambura.
“It is better to work on the land at the village rather than exposing my body day and night in the Avenues,” she said.