Male sex workers in Zambia on the increase – Report

Male sex workers in Zambia on the increase – Report

Yvonne Williams

Prostitution as a way of generating income around the world might be common for females, but according to new reports,  men in Livingstone, Zambia have now resorted to sleeping with fellow men in order to make ends meet.

This was revealed during the recent National HIV/AIDS stakeholder’s strategic framework plan meeting in Zambia.

According to Southern Province AIDS coordination advisor, Rosemary Makasu, there’s an increase of male sex workers in Livingstone, one of biggest cities which also serve as the Country’s tourist capital.

“Livingstone has seen an increase in the number of male sex workers. Most of them are mobile as they travel from other parts of the country into the tourist capital,” she said.

Mrs. Makasu said the vice has become a ‘lucrative business’.
“Some of these men even fight each other in some of the joints over foreign clients who seek their services. It seems lucrative as some of them have even constructed houses using the income they generate,” she said.

According to her,  the trend has never been documented despite its negative impact on the fight against HIV/AIDS.

National AIDS Council director of programmes Fortune Chibamba said the prevalence rate of HIV is high amongst men having sex with fellow men.

He also identifies men that are having sex with fellow men as a key driver in the spread of HIV.

“The men having sex with fellow men want to show that they are straight, so they marry and have children, too. This makes them prone to HIV infection and they are likely to infect their wives,” he said.

The Zambian Observer

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