Survival Mode

Boys as young as 10 are entering the illegal gay sex trade to survive in cash-strapped Zimbabwe.

Decades of corruption economically marred the country, which has recently been further crippled by Cyclone Idai. Now, the Social Welfare Department estimates some 4,700 homeless children are living in major cities. Many are beggars but some are recruited to abandoned beer halls where clients pay $10 for 30 minutes of sex.

What’s further distressing about an increase in child exploitation: Zimbabwe is home to a staggering number of people living with HIV. In 2017, an estimated 57% of sex workers and 13% of 15-49-year-olds were positive.

Thomson Reuters Foundation News

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