The Ministry of Health and Child Care estimates that 44 586 sex workers aged between 15 and 49 years operate in Zimbabwe and 6 800 of them operate in Bulawayo. The figures were released in the latest HIV and Aids Estimates Report and they exclude transactional sex and male sex workers.
The HIV prevalence rate for the sex workers stands at an average of 55 percent, compared to the 13 percent national average. The report reads:
The size estimation for female sex workers was done in Bulawayo, Harare, Shamva and Mazowe using multiple methods. In Harare the number of female sex workers is estimated to be 12 800 and 6 800 in Bulawayo. At Shamva growth point, the estimate is 400 female sex workers and across Mazowe district the figure also stands at 400.