A partially blind woman, Kelly of Chitungwiza, has ventured into prostitution claiming she wants to raise money for eye surgery.
Kelly told H-Metro that she is trying to raise US$500 needed for her treatment while her lover, Elton, guarantees her security so that her customers do not take advantage of her. Kelly comes from Mudzi where most of her relatives live but has since stopped visiting them.
“I record those who engage Kelly for security purposes and I make sure she is kept warm by collecting pieces of cardboard boxes to make fire,” Elton said.
Explaining her situation, Kelly said:
“My life is no longer the same following the passing on of my mother and this forced me into prostitution my brother. I have no problem of accommodation since I am renting a room with my boyfriend Elton in Unit K Chitungwiza and he is the one who keeps all the money I receive from the men I render services to.
“Elton makes sure he records all the vehicle registration numbers of motorists who hire me and makes sure I am secured. I used to stay in Epworth before relocating to Chitungwiza with my boyfriend. Tinomwa chibhodhoro husiku hwose kuti tisanyanyonzwa chando.
“After raising the money I do not see myself continuing in sex work because the life is not good at all and some of the clients want to take advantage of me to give me peanuts. It is not a good method to raise money though but I was left without any other option until I agreed with my boyfriend. If I find someone to help me I will not continue in the streets. I will invite you home for more detail since I cannot disclose everything in the presence of these ladies; after all I am here for business, ndipewo dollar rekutenga sadza,” said Kelly accompanied by another thigh vendor identified only as Rachel.
Kelly keeping herself warm with Elton and a friend while waiting for customers
Asked Rachel what she knows about Kelly, she said:
“Kelly is getting more customers and we have agreed with all hookers around this place that we must not compete with her since she is after raising money for eye surgery. I give her a hand leading her to her clients because it will be dark since she is blind ini ndakatanga ndichinyara ndaizoti ndadhakwa ndotanga kuseka varume vanouya but these days I am now a senior,” said Rachel.