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‘A’ Level student turns to pr_stitution to raise school fees


After securing 10 ‘O’ level subjects including Mathematics, English and Science subjects, life has been unkind to 18-year-old Mercy (Not her real name) from Chivhu as she is desperate to finish her ‘A’ Level and has thus resorted to the oldest craft, pro_stitution.

According to the Health Times, Mercy moved from Chivhu to Harare t stay with her unemployed sister hoping to raise money for her education, coincidentally at a time government had announced national lockdown in March.

She hoped to at least carry out extra lessons to keep abreast in preparation for the final year exams.

However, the lockdown has not been merciful as it has also left her sister struggling to bring food on the table, let alone pay for her extra lessons. Her mother who is also her only reliable source of income survives from vending and of late, business has been bad owing to the prevailing economic crises coupled with the COVID-19 induced hardships.

Faced with the predicament of not complementing her studies, furthering her studies and starving to death, Mercy has found herself between a rock and hard place as she has unwillingly ventured into s_x work despite all the risks associated with the trade.

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In an interview with HealthTimes, Mercy said her only wish was to get assistance or a benefactor who could assist with paying her fees as she now fears for her life as most of her clients demand unprotected s_x and physically abuse her if she demands payment for services rendered.

I am from Chivhu but these days I live with my sister here in Harare. My mother’s vending business has been bad, she can no longer afford to pay for my fees. Even food, she can’t afford to feed us. I was left with no option, I wanted money for food, school fees and to raise money for University as well.

“The only easy option I found was to get into s_x work since almost every other avenue seems to have been closed by the coronavirus. I will be writing my final examinations this year and I am optimistic that I am going to pass. I also want to go for extra lessons since I am towards writing my final examinations this year and unfortunately, I have no one to assist me financially at the moment,” said Mercy.

Mercy’s O Level result slip (NB// She passed Mathematics on second sitting)

She said she needs help the most on her education side since her mother’s business has literally crumbled. She is hopeful that come exams time, she will pass and proceed to University but the financial woes currently bedevilling her could derail her plans if help doesn’t come her way soon.

“When I came to Harare, my cousin brothers told me that I should not return home empty-handed, I have to at least bring some money and food home since they say I have become excess baggage and an extra mouth to feed in the house. The problem now is that my sister is also unemployed and my mother’s business is not bringing any meaningful money.

“My sister is unemployed and can’t afford to get me the money to return home with yet my brothers were very clear that I should not come home empty-handed. The only thing I had to do was sale my body so that I return home with something. It is also difficult to stay with my sister, I would be burdening her so I have to return to Chivhu soon.”

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She plans to return to Chivhu on September 16. She says her first term fees were pegged at ZW$1210 but the new fees structure for the final term has not been shared as yet.

Speaking on the challenges she is facing, Mercy said she feared getting infected with HIV and S_xually Transmitted Infections (STIs) in the process as some of her clients demand unsafe s_x.

“The challenge I am facing is that some clients were refusing to use protection and would have unprotected s_x with me. After servicing them, some would refuse to pay and it was hard and very risky for me. My wish is to go to university next year and I wish to go and study Biotechnology or Biochemistry and I would wish to study abroad if I get a scholarship. I have had HIV tests done and so far, the last result I had was negative and for that I am glad>chaosafrica


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