Hookers lured by Kadoma gold glitter

KADOMA - Young girls have been lured to this gold-mining outpost by false promises of spin-off from the mining sector, entering prostitution and fuelling a roaring trade.

Prostitution is slowly gaining a foothold in the city, thanks to hotel-owners who have turned cottages into brothels amid lukewarm police action that is only helping such immoral activities gain momentum.

Residents are complaining about “growing immoral activities” in the area, especially in certain apartments and lodges dotted around the city.

A worker at one of the lodges confirmed that some sex workers had taken permanent residence at these housing facilities, and lodge owners were aiming to boost business this way as trade is dwindling amid mounting financial challenges.

“Hookers here boost our business, a lot of people who come here to fulfil their sexual appetite end up buying beer. This has revived this hotel which was almost facing closure,” said one worker who spoke on condition of anonymity fearing for their job.

“Some of the hookers are brought here by our boss and some came from Harare, Kwekwe and Gweru looking for business here because they heard gold panners in Kadoma are making a lot of money.”

The flocking in of sex workers into Kadoma has been catalysed by illegal gold panners who when they have cashed in, blow their earnings in clubs with hookers.

Tracy, one of the sex workers, said she resides at one of the lodges and has been staying there for more than three months.

“I stay here and if you want to see me you can come to room nine,” she said. “I have been staying here for more than three months now.”

Lloyd Mahovo, owner of Specks Hotel, denied that he had turned his pub into a brothel.

“There are no hookers staying at my hotel, people come and leave and you cannot tell whether a person is a prostitute or not by merely looking at them. My hotel operates just like any other hotel you might think of, there is nothing like that at my hotel,”  said Mahovo.

Specks Hotel in Kadoma is reportedly facing financial challenges, and is leasing some of its residential rooms as offices. That leaves less than twenty rooms which are all occupied by sex workers.

The rooms are believed to be housing at least two hookers each, who take turns to bring in their customers.

Kudakwashe Gumbanjera, the owner of Mornington Lodge, also denied that hookers were lodging at his pub.
“I do not accommodate hookers and my main business segment is to cater for companies and non-governmental organisations (NGOs),” said Gumbanjera.

“Our charges are per room, per night and we do not charge for hours. If that is happening it is happening behind my back and if there is anyone talking about that, it is pure rubbish because I do not believe in prostitution.”

Prostitution was also brisk at Mugoni Lodge, but the owner could not be reached for comment as his mobile phone was unreachable.


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