Prostitutes Assist Authorities Track Down Clients As COVID-19 Cases Shoots
Zambia – It could be double trouble for married men who at times seeks the services of the thigh vendors as they have been reportedly assisting the authorities to track down the people that they have been in contact with as the number of COVID-19 confirmed cases spike in Zambia.
Mail & Telegraph, through the publication BBC, has established that Chitalu Chilufya said 76 of 85 reported new cases in the northern town were either sex workers or truck drivers.
“Sex workers have been very co-operative and they are giving us all the leads we want,” said Chilufya.
According to a recent report which came as a shock to many, Zambia has confirmed 267 Covid-19 infections, with seven deaths.
This follows after a controversial decision by President Edgar Lungu who lifted a lockdown a week ago including restaurants, casinos, and gyms.
“They [sex workers] are being very co-operative in our investigations, and we don’t want to stigmatise or discriminate against them. They are being very useful in contact tracing,” he added.
“We had a case where one of them appeared with symptoms and told us about a client who was a lorry driver of a foreign jurisdiction and even gave us a contact number. We called that number and we were told the person we called had Covid-19,” said the minister.
Wellbeing experts in East Africa have communicated worry that lorry drivers, recorded as essential workers, could be spreading coronavirus.
Severe checks, including tests by Ugandan specialists, have caused long-running backs at its border with Kenya.
”Lorry drivers are viewed as a high-hazard bunch since they stop at a few towns en route and are known to have various sex accomplices”, he included.