Prostitutes in Mozambique continue to work in the midst of a health crisis as dangerous as this! Even during the state of emergency, at dusk, the sex workers come out parading as they search for clients. The place being talked about is Tete, where the red light areas are as busy despite the risk of contracting COVID-19.
“We wash our hands with soap and water and we always wear a mask. We also have soap and water for our guests, when they enter the room they have to wash their hands. At the time of the relationship, we each wear a mask.” a sex worker said in an interview. They say that they are aware of the disease and are taking preventive measures.
As the Province confirms cases of the new Coronavirus, two of them are sex workers – a Mozambican and a foreigner.
Besides the city of Tete, this activity also takes place in broad daylight in other places. The same business is reported to buzz in the city of Moatize which is 21 kilometers from the provincial capital. This is their ‘usual course’ of earning income which has not been stopped despite the danger it poses. Regardless of this, these women have no other choice but to continue risking their lives to earn their daily bread owing to their vulnerability.
“Right now our business is not good because of the Coronavirus, all the stands are closed, so these men don’t come here.
This is our concern, we support it and that is why we are asking the government to intervene in order to find a ‘solution to this problem’.” one of them said as she struggled trying to make the ends meet.
However, the mayor of Tete, César de Carvalho, who is fully aware of the problem combined with illegal activity and so many foreign prostitutes is planning on calling for multidimensional action to put an end to it. “We’re going to have to get started all together, the immigration services, the police, and the municipality to control foreign women but it is not easy, it is not something that begins today and will end tomorrow. This is a problem that will take time but that can be resolved. “ he said.