Some male sex workers in Zimbabwe who attended a workshop in the capital called on the government to legitimise their operations.
In an interview with online publication 263Chat, some male sex workers said:
“They have a fancy name they call us that is ‘Ben10’. People should address us as male sex workers because we are earning through this and it should be acceptable. In parliament they say they cannot deal with our problems but it’s funny because some of those government officials are the ones who come after us at night and pay for sex.
Government should recognize and put policies to legalize male sex workers because believe it or not , the policy makers are also involved in this business,
Addressing the workshop the National coordinator for the Zimbabwe AIDS Network Taurayi Nyandoro said:
There is need for the government to deal with these issues head on. Key populations must access services too because they are humans who are entitled to human rights. Men who are sleeping with men constitute 29% of the population that is spreading new infections yet the society is not ready to deal with that. Already they do not accept female sex workers, the government wants to decriminalize them of which they are the careers of HIV. Lets give them access to information and services so that they can protect themselves and others and together we can achieve the 90,90,90s goal by 2030,