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Harare elite driven into prostitution
The Observer ^ | October 17, 2004 | Rory Carroll

Posted on 10/16/2004 5:53:47 PM PDT by MadIvan

Night falls across Harare and Tracy Ncube sashays up Fife Avenue in a tight skirt and borrowed shirt to sell the only thing she can.

Half a dozen other young women are already stationed outside Tipperary's bar and Ncube picks her spot, a tree opposite the car park illuminated by headlights. She has been a prostitute for two weeks and has bagged three customers, earning $45 (£25).

Zimbabwe's youth were once considered Africa's brightest, graduates of one of the continent's best education systems which bred sophistication, confidence and ambition.

But the economy has crumbled and, with it, opportunity. There are virtually no jobs. Some 90 per cent of the country's 11.8 million people live on less than $1 a day. Hyperinflation and food shortages are making the middle class destitute.

So, a fortnight ago, Ncube, 23, turned to prostitution. 'These days life is very hard. My family doesn't know that I do this, but how else am I to survive?'

She was visibly nervous. Her voice trembled, but she was determined to bag a fourth customer to earn between $7 and $20.

Aid jargon calls prostitution, or transactional sex, a 'negative coping mechanism', a desperate but effective way to get by.

Others emigrate, flying to Britain to work as nurses or jumping a fence to scrounge jobs in Botswana or South Africa. Their pay keeps many families afloat. For President Robert Mugabe, all this is excellent news. Inflation is close to 400 per cent, unemployment is at 70 per cent and hunger and homelessness are spreading, but there is no sign of revolution.

Yesterday the country was digesting the surprise acquittal of the opposition leader, Morgan Tsvangirai, who had been charged with attempting to assassinate the president. On Friday a high court in Harare dismissed the case which for two years had crippled his Movement for Democratic Change (MDC). It was a significant boost for the party but there was little public jubilation.

Partly this was because police in riot gear patrolled the capital with guns and batons. A military jet roared low overhead to reinforce the authority of a regime in power since independence from Britain in 1980.

But another reason was resignation. Analysts say that the ruling Zanu-PF party will sweep parliamentary elections due next March because opposition has been crushed.

Starved of an independent media and the right to campaign freely, the MDC has withered, according to a senior MP who asked not to be named. Its narrow defeats in rigged elections in 2000 and 2002 were high-water marks, he said.

Both cause and symptom of its malaise are to be found on Fife Avenue. At night, the smart, leafy suburb close to the city centre is a red-light district.

None of the prostitutes had a good word to say about Mugabe, whom they accused of despotism, but none responded to the MDC's plea to rally at the high court for Tsvangirai's verdict.

'Look, I'm a working girl. I need to sleep and do things around the house during the day,' said Talent Mushonga, 23. Samantha Hazvinei, 24, said girls as young as 15 and middle-aged married women were turning up. 'We are too many ladies looking for too few men. I need to come earlier and earlier and stay longer to get business.'

A UN report last year said poverty and hunger were fuelling child labour and prostitution. An aid worker, who did not want to be named because of a crackdown on non-governmental organisations, said she knew middle-aged women, including nurses, teachers and police officers, who had turned to prostitution.

Maxine, 27, a three-year veteran of Fife Avenue, said the new arrivals were reckless. 'They are hot hot, chilli chilli, all in a rush. But they don't last, they die fast.'

Official figures show that 24.6 per cent of the adult population is infected with HIV, one of the highest rates in the world.

Ncube said she preferred to use a condom but admitted the competition for customers - and frequent demand for unprotected sex - could weaken her resolve.

'What else can I do? Go out and demonstrate against the government? Demand change?' The notion made her laugh.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: africawatch; mugabe; zimbabwe
And Zimbabwe continues to bleed....

Regards, Ivan


1 posted on 10/16/2004 5:53:47 PM PDT by MadIvan
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To: Clive; LadyofShalott; Tolik; mtngrl@vrwc; pax_et_bonum; Alkhin; agrace; lightingguy; EggsAckley; ...

Ping!


2 posted on 10/16/2004 5:54:05 PM PDT by MadIvan (Gothic. Freaky. Conservative. - http://www.rightgoths.com/)
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To: MadIvan

correction:
RHODESIA's youth were once considered Africa's brightest, graduates of one of the continent's best education systems which bred sophistication, confidence and ambition.

the place has been slipping since the name and regime change.


3 posted on 10/16/2004 5:58:07 PM PDT by King Prout (yo! sKerry: "Live by the flip, die by the flop." - Frank_Discussion)
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To: MadIvan
But the economy has crumbled and, with it, opportunity.

With Mugabe in power, who woulda thunk it?
4 posted on 10/16/2004 5:58:38 PM PDT by counterpunch (The CouNTeRPuNcH Collection - www.counterpunch.us)
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To: MadIvan
this is Rhodesia's bad karma coming back on it for going back
on it's post 'Independence' promise to allow the white people and farmers to stay ,un-harrassed . And to allow for a multi-ethnic society. Robert 'Terr' Mugabe ruined all that with his insanity and hatred and greed. The collective karma of the nation follows.
I have always thought that the USA should allow all white farmers ,under stress and duress in Rhodesia, to easily migrate
to the US and offer them a stake in the great MidWest.
I really feel sorry for those poor people, somebody should help them.
5 posted on 10/16/2004 6:01:52 PM PDT by LeoWindhorse (I like Elephants .... a wise and noble creature....)
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To: MadIvan

I suppose my paycheck is supposed to solve this problem via the government or the UN...


6 posted on 10/16/2004 6:03:33 PM PDT by SteveMcKing
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To: MadIvan
"Zimbabwe's youth were once considered Africa's brightest, graduates of one of the continent's best education systems which bred sophistication, confidence and ambition..."

Yeah, right.

Up there with Darien and Greenwich.

8 posted on 10/16/2004 6:05:03 PM PDT by billorites (freepo ergo sum)
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To: MadIvan

Africa is moving backwards it seems.


9 posted on 10/16/2004 6:10:03 PM PDT by Rebelbase
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To: LeoWindhorse
ps: who was the President of the United States in 1979 , when Rhodesia fell? and what has followed that? Who was President when the Shah was run out of Iran and the Ayatollah came back from Paris? and what has followed that? And what is he doing now days and who does he support? see the thread here?....
10 posted on 10/16/2004 6:11:46 PM PDT by LeoWindhorse (I like Elephants .... a wise and noble creature....)
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To: MadIvan
For President Robert Mugabe, all this is excellent news.

What more needs to be said? Except that the Left still (in so far as I know, because I've heard no complaints) still loves Robert Mugabe. Which tells one much about the Left.

IMHO we should relocate UN HQ from NYC to Harare, now! Both locales should be happy at the outcome, not to mention the vast majority of UN delegates who would feel much more at home in Harare than in the USA.

11 posted on 10/16/2004 6:14:13 PM PDT by sionnsar (Cbs: "It's fake but true!" | Iran Azadi | Traditional Anglicans: trad-anglican.faithweb.com)
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To: sionnsar

The left loves all types of dictators, Saddam Hussein, Mullamar Omar, Juan Peron, Adolf Hitler, Salvador Allende, Joseph Stalin, Mao Zedong, and Pol Pot.


12 posted on 10/16/2004 6:18:10 PM PDT by Ptarmigan (Proud rabbit hater and killer)
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To: LeoWindhorse
And Carter won the ignoble prize, too.

Both men have helped bring about pockets of hell on Earth, yet the liberal elites consider them "peacemakers."

13 posted on 10/16/2004 6:19:14 PM PDT by Montfort
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To: Montfort
it's unbelievable isn't it?
truly the consciousness of our dear country is now divided
14 posted on 10/16/2004 6:26:47 PM PDT by LeoWindhorse (I like Elephants .... a wise and noble creature....)
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To: LeoWindhorse

Back in the Rhodesia days there were about 200,000 whites there. Does anyone have a rough count of how many whites live in Zimbabwe today?


15 posted on 10/16/2004 7:10:37 PM PDT by Monterrosa-24 (Technology advances but human nature is dependably stagnant)
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To: Monterrosa-24
it is probably classified info under that bastard Mugabe's regime.
a situation the UN and almighty Coffee Anan ignores.
The US should step in and help these people .
Screw it if it's not politically correct with the CBC.
16 posted on 10/16/2004 7:13:23 PM PDT by LeoWindhorse (I like Elephants .... a wise and noble creature....)
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To: Ptarmigan
"The left loves all types of dictators, Saddam Hussein, Mullamar Omar, Juan Peron, Adolf Hitler, Salvador Allende, Joseph Stalin, Mao Zedong, and Pol Pot."

But they hate semi-rightest chief executives even if they are big cuddly teddy bears in comparison to the aforementioned---Ian Smith, the Shah, Somoza, Batista, Chang Kai Shek, Franco, etc.
17 posted on 10/16/2004 7:15:49 PM PDT by Monterrosa-24 (Technology advances but human nature is dependably stagnant)
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To: MadIvan

The wise, lovely, and African-American Teresa Kerry is from nearby Mozambique. Someone should ask her for her solution to the mess.


18 posted on 10/16/2004 7:18:13 PM PDT by dagnabbit (Prevent the next 9-11. Stop Islamic immigration and deport Muslim aliens.)
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To: dagnabbit

Rasins soaked in gin! (hic!)


19 posted on 10/16/2004 7:21:08 PM PDT by broadsword (Weren't there a couple of giant Buddhist statues in Afghanistan? What happened to them?)
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To: MadIvan
the authority of a regime in power since independence from Britain in 1980.

Rhodesia was independent of Britain since 1964. The communist news media pretends it never existed. If the USA fell to communists in 2005, the news media would no doubt give that date, instead of 1776, for independence from Britain.
20 posted on 10/16/2004 7:25:51 PM PDT by UnbelievingScumOnTheOtherSide (Give Them Liberty Or Give Them Death! - Islam Delenda Est! - Rumble thee forth...)
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To: MadIvan

"Some 90 per cent of the country's 11.8 million people live on less than $1 a day. Hyperinflation and food shortages are making the middle class destitute. "

Who has the dough to pay for sex?


21 posted on 10/16/2004 7:26:55 PM PDT by TASMANIANRED (What did Kerry know and when did he know it?)
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To: LeoWindhorse
ps: who was the President of the United States in 1979 , when Rhodesia fell? and what has followed that? Who was President when the Shah was run out of Iran and the Ayatollah came back from Paris? and what has followed that? And what is he doing now days and who does he support? see the thread here?....

Jimmuh Carter. B-P BTW in 1979, I remember listening to Radio Zimbabwe during the revolution on my shortwave radio. Even though I was 12/13 at the time, I had a sick feeling about all of this even then.
22 posted on 10/16/2004 7:28:46 PM PDT by Nowhere Man (We have enough youth, how about a Fountain of Smart?)
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To: LeoWindhorse
[ I have always thought that the USA should allow all white farmers ,under stress and duress in Rhodesia, to easily migrate ]

The whites that are left are the white liberals that put Mugabe into power... That is if Mugabe has not killed them all already.. They deserve MORE than they are getting.. Because of them the death of a multitude whites and blacks are on their hands..

23 posted on 10/16/2004 7:32:54 PM PDT by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole....)
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To: MadIvan; Admin Moderator

"Pennies for the bullet and a couple thousand dollars for the sniper to put it into Mugabe's head should suffice."



www.adoptasniper.com

Moderator, if this is objectionable, please remove.
Thank you, Norski


24 posted on 10/16/2004 7:55:18 PM PDT by Norski
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To: Monterrosa-24

Of course they do. Don't forget Pinochet. Dude they really hate him.


25 posted on 10/16/2004 9:26:03 PM PDT by Ptarmigan (Proud rabbit hater and killer)
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26 posted on 10/16/2004 9:27:43 PM PDT by Clive
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To: MadIvan

we NEED democracy, liberty and free markets to become the norm around the world. Half the world lives on less than $1 a day?? They need factories and they would have them if we had free trade. Free trade won't happen without free countries.


27 posted on 10/16/2004 11:09:22 PM PDT by GeronL (John Kerry believes in a right to privacy and in gay rights............ ask "fair game" Mary Cheney)
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To: TASMANIANRED
"Some 90 per cent of the country's 11.8 million people live on less than $1 a day. Hyperinflation and food shortages are making the middle class destitute.

If the middle class is destitute... then what is the poor??

28 posted on 10/16/2004 11:12:16 PM PDT by GeronL (John Kerry believes in a right to privacy and in gay rights............ ask "fair game" Mary Cheney)
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To: Norski
Moderator, if this is objectionable, please remove. Thank you, Norski

If thats a real website it might be objectionable.... but killing Mugabe would not be a crime in my book

29 posted on 10/16/2004 11:13:48 PM PDT by GeronL (John Kerry believes in a right to privacy and in gay rights............ ask "fair game" Mary Cheney)
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To: Monterrosa-24

I believe it's less than a third of what the white population was prior to the capitulation.


30 posted on 10/16/2004 11:15:41 PM PDT by wardaddy
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To: Clive; MadIvan

Just tragic, my friend. I remember when you first started drawing Freepers' attention to the disaster unfolding in Zim. We often made light of the situation, dark humour, imagining Tomahawk strikes on ZANU HQ or Mugabe mistakenly wandering into the Blue Oyster Bar. The humor's long gone and whenever a (much appreciated) Zim ping arrives from your goodself I brace myself for the grimmest of news, before clicking the link. This thread is perhaps the saddest yet, girls from good families selling themselves in a country where one in three is HIV positive, and the populace as beaten and passive as they must have been under Chaka. Can anything be done? I know that for something to be done it will take a man of moral principle who's concerned for the suffering of others, thereby ruling all African leaders out.


31 posted on 10/16/2004 11:19:45 PM PDT by Byron_the_Aussie (http://www.theinterviewwithgod.com/popup2.html)
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To: MadIvan

BTTT


32 posted on 10/17/2004 1:55:50 AM PDT by lainde (Heads up...We're coming and we've got tongue blades!!)
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To: MadIvan

The finest fruit of socialism is genocide.


33 posted on 10/17/2004 11:07:16 AM PDT by headsonpikes (Spirit of '76 bttt!)
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To: MadIvan

Aids is coming to London from Zimbabwe.


34 posted on 10/17/2004 11:10:47 AM PDT by bert (Peace is only halftime !)
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To: Monterrosa-24

I can tell you that according to the figures there are more BLACK Zimbabweans living in Britain to day than there were whites in "Rhodesia!" It would be amusing if the situation were not so tragic - a country which demanded Independence and freedom so loudly and insistently now finding itself enslaved and in pauperdom, with a large percentage of its native inhabitants running for the comfort of the former "Colonial masters" they despised!
The posting about the Left warmly embracing every dictator and playing apologist for mass murderers is so depressingly correct. I really have to struggle even to ATTEMPT to figure out how their minds work.
The Left had a few virtues (on which they didn't have the monopoly) but they seem to deal in theories and ideals as opposed to realities, incapable of thjinking any of th eir policies through...just to the shining "next step along the way". This has always proved disastrous. Socialism has forged an indisputble record as a system of enslavement, fear, economic mismanagement,creation of legions of petty officials,waste and desperate unhappiness. Human beings are reduced to nothing more than numbers, deprived of individuality even in thought! If you don't believe me - check out the history books!


35 posted on 10/17/2004 3:12:39 PM PDT by Andika
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To: GeronL

Having read your "about" page, including "The Joys of Eviction" I invite you to read mine. I share your joy, and your pains.
Now, as for the website. It is real, and has to do with our armed forces not having what they need. I couldn't decide if it would be a problem or not, which is why I brought it to the admin's attention. Also, I didn't really believe in it when I first heard about it, here on FR.
Regards, Norski :-)


36 posted on 10/17/2004 7:55:13 PM PDT by Norski
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To: Norski

Maine Coon Cat?? There was a thread around about them a couple of months ago. And you like "Heinlein, Robert", so you fit in fine. There is no "FR science fiction club" (unless I haven't been told for a reason) but there should be.


37 posted on 10/17/2004 8:03:30 PM PDT by GeronL (John Kerry believes in a right to privacy and in gay rights............ ask "fair game" Mary Cheney)
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To: GeronL

Yeah, great big furry thing. More dog than cat, in some ways. Arrived with his own name - Noorvik.
Maybe I'll start a FR sci-fi club, someday when I have the time. Right now, was discussing a book with others called "Realtime Interrupt". Good show. Recommended.


38 posted on 10/17/2004 8:15:44 PM PDT by Norski
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To: Norski

bump


39 posted on 10/17/2004 9:09:16 PM PDT by GeronL (John Kerry believes in a right to privacy and in gay rights............ ask "fair game" Mary Cheney)
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To: MadIvan
There's nothing left to fight for. Zimbabwe's a goner. These people need to get out. Now.

It would be a cautionary tale for South Africa if anyone were listening. Perhaps they are, but I don't see any particular signs of it yet. Perhaps they aren't.

40 posted on 10/17/2004 9:22:20 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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