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Alarm over mums in sex trade

Maciu Malo
Saturday, January 07, 2012

CONCERNS have been raised about the increasing number of mothers involved in commercial sexual activities.

Women's Minister Dr Jiko Luveni said her ministry was aware of mothers being involved in sex in exchange for money to cater for their children and to make ends meet.

The minister urged these mothers to refrain from these illegal activities and seek advice and assistance from her ministry.

Dr Luveni said the trading of bodies for sex was against the law and that it was important for these mothers to find the best way to earn money.

"The ministry has a limited amount of money for women who have problems in supporting their kids but it doesn't necessarily mean for these mothers to sell their bodies for easy money," she said.

"We are aware that financial difficulties have forced to them resort to sexual activities and we're willing to give advice on other forms of income-generating sources.

"The ministry encourages all mothers involved in these illegal sexual activities to come forward and discuss their problems with our officers so that we can help find a solution."

Police spokesman Inspector Atunaisa Sokomuri said some mothers had been charged for their illegal sexual activities.

"Despite this we believe this illegal practice is happening daily," he said.

"This activity is illegal and those involved will face the full brunt of the law."


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