A study which was carried out by the National Aids Council (NAC) and the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) alleges that members of the military are demanding free copulation from prostitutes as a reward for removing former president Robert Mugabe. Mugabe finally resigned as Head of State after 37 years when the Zimbabwe Defence Forces launched a military intervention in November 2017.
Excerpts of the report which is titled “Knowledge, attitudes and practices of police officers towards key populations in Zimbabwe” read,
Soldiers have become the menace in various areas as they demanded free [copulation] especially in the wake of the recent Operation Restore Legacy.
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They claimed to have brought freedom to the country and as such should be rewarded. They were accused of not paying for the [copulation] while using their guns to intimidate the [prostitutes]. For fear of the guns, the [prostitutes] end up giving in. When they asked the soldiers to pay; some soldiers would retort; ‘Wakaihoda kupi’
The report also implicated ZRP officers in the abuse of the prostitutes.
[prostitutes] are always in a hurry and fear detection by police officers. In this regard, they do not have time to negotiate safe copulation thereby increasing chances of HIV infection. While the relationship with police officers has improved, there are some police officers who still demanded free copulation particularly from new and young [prostitutes] who may not be experienced and knowledgeable about their rights.
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