Sex for Sale, Website launches online prostitution for Zimbabweans
FOREIGN run escort agency, ZimEscorts which has introduced online prostitution in Zimbabwe has embarked on an audacious drive to hire procurers who will recruit prostitutes for the agency in return for a commission.
A procurer, colloquially called a pimp (if male) or a madam (if female), is an agent for prostitutes who may receive money in return for advertising services of a prostitute to clients.The prostitutes who will provide escort and sexual services to clients who must set up appointments with the sex workers through a telephone call or an email will be advertised on the agency’s website http://www.zimescorts.com
Last week Sunday News reported that prostitution has gone online in Zimbabwe as a syndicate of brazen and daring Zimbabweans, believed to be based outside the country, has established an agency to run a prostitution ring and set up a website advertising high class prostitutes.
Now Sunday News can reveal that the agency sent emails to its members, informing them that it wants more prostitutes and is prepared to pay for every recruit made. The administrators of the website confirmed that they are based outside Zimbabwe.
“We are very eager to have the site covering as much of the country as possible but we are based outside Zimbabwe and rely on people registering themselves or if anyone is willing to be an agent, we would pay them a small commission for every profile they refer to us.
“At this stage the site is free till the girls see a real benefit then they will be charged to advertise. They will be charged whatever they advertise as their hourly rate so if a girl says she charged $100 per hour she must pay us $100 per month.
“If she advertises $10 an hour she pays $10 a month. Right now since we are not charging the girls to advertise we would pay you $10 per profile you sign up then when we start charging it would be 20 percent of what we make from an advert as long as the girl remains active on the site,” the email said.
The agency also revealed that the website is at times down for maintenance as they are constantly sprucing it up to make it eye-catching.
“We are at times down for maintenance but we will let you know once we have all our ducks in a row. Keep on checking us; we are adding new advertisers daily,” the agency said.
The agents risk arrest and prosecution as procuring prostitutes is illegal, whether the relationship between the procurer and prostitute is formal or informal.
“Procuring is as illegal as prostitution in Zimbabwe as it entices or leads away, for purposes of prostitution, another person, even with the consent of that person. It also exploits the prostitution of another person, even with the consent of that person,” said Mr Timothy Sibanda, a lawyer.
A social scientist, Dr Abel Ndlovu believes that poverty and unemployment will force many women who are at their wits’ end to join ZimEscorts.
“Due to poverty, economic instability and unemployment which is affecting many people such a website is bound to be a great temptation. Already public morals and social lives are being eroded due to the poor state we are in. Prostitution is an easy trade to fall into and for those women who can’t go to the streets at night this website is a convenience.
“They don’t have to display their faces they can advertise any other body part and they can buy new Sim cards and cellphones to avoid being found out by relatives and friends.
“It is certain that most of the women who will be recruited by the agents come from severely deprived backgrounds and will often be illiterate.
“Even established prostitutes will use the agency because being advertised can mean more clients which translate to more money,” Dr Ndlovu said.
ZimEscorts is a company that provides escorts for clients, usually for sexual services. The escort agency claims that it is dispatching these individuals to provide a social or conversational service rather than a sexual service, since prostitution laws forbid taking payment for sex or communicating for the purpose of arranging a contract for sexual services.
The advertisements on its website carefully skirt the legal line, and avoid specifically offering prostitution or sexual services.