Saturday, June 13, 2009

Zimbabwe girls trade sex for food

Growing numbers of children in Zimbabwe are turning to prostitution to survive, the charity Save the Children says. The aid agency says increasing poverty is leading girls as young as 12 to sell their bodies for as little as a packet of cookies. It also claims that the coming football World Cup in neighboring South Africa could soon make things worse. Unemployment in Zimbabwe is thought to top 90% and many cannot afford to pay for food, medical care or school fees. The deputy head teacher of a large school with 1,500 pupils east of Victoria Falls has said that hundreds of her female students are now selling their bodies for whatever they can get.

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