Behavioural change forces sex workers out of Siavonga business

INTENSIFIED education campaigns by the District Aids task force (DATF) on the dangers of the HIV /AIDS in Siavonga has forced several commercial sex workers in the area to abandon Zambia’s tourist resort for the neighboring Zimbabwe town of Kariba.

A check at named night clubs and bars in Kariba town in Zimbabwe found several Siavonga based commercial sex workers going about their business to the annoyance of their Zimbabwean counterparts who a few months ago were hounded out from Zambia by the Immigration authorities for flouting the country’s in migration laws.

And one sex worker only identified as Bernice said she and her other friends decided to trek to Zimbabwe because of low business in Siavonga.

She claimed men were shunning them because of increased behavioral change on issues of sex among the menfolk especially those from the urban and peri-urban areas.

Bernice said if the trend continued most commercial sex workers would be put out of business and render them destitute. Asked why she joined the world oldest trade, Bernice said it was not her wish but non-availability of jobs.

Bernice hoped that she would one day raise enough capital to start a decent business.

Kariba town has witnessed a surge in economic activities due to the commencement of expansion works at Kariba South Bank power Station which has employed hundreds of workers, in the process attracting many sex workers from other parts of the country to the border town which is well known for its tourism potential and hospitality industry.

The expansion works on the Kariba south Power Station that will be undertaken by Sino-hydro Construction Corporation of China will see the addition of 360 Megawatts of electricity to the national grid and will result in reduced load shedding.