Sex worker dumps baby

HARARE - An alleged commercial sex worker left her three-year-old child with a vendor and disappeared, something that officials at Chitungwiza Central Hospital and the police say is now common practice.

The three-year-old child is currently under the care of Chitungwiza  Central Hospital which has a facility to take care of abandoned babies.

At a function held at the hospital last week where the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) was extending a helping hand to the paediatric unit, Getrude Matongerero, the vendor who was left with the child when the mother vanished — said in the past she had helped the sex worker by babysitting for her.

“On the day she abandoned her child, I thought it was as usual. But she never came back to take her. That’s when I discovered that she had abandoned her child. So I took the child to the police. I felt pity for the child and could not leave her,” she said.

“I became acquainted with the mother of the child during her visits to Chirasavana Shops where she did her errands. Through my observation, the mother was a commercial sex worker. She used to leave the child with me where I used to sell fish near a night club.

“After her errands she would come back and take her baby home but this time around she didn’t return,” said Matongerero.

Chitungwiza Central Hospital public relations officer Audrey Tasaranarwo said the number of children who are being brought to the hospital is on the increase.

According to Tasaranarwo, recently the hospital took in a baby who had been dumped in a toilet by her mother, because the father did not accept responsibility.

However, the child’s mother has since regained her senses and came forward to claim her baby, but not all the children are that lucky as their parents often fade into oblivion.

Speaking at the same function, ZRP Women’s Network spokesperson Tendai Ngirandi said for months now police have been holding awareness campaigns to encourage mothers to keep their babies no matter how bad the situation might be.

“We usually receive abandoned children at different police stations in Chitungwiza. Last time I came here with a child who was found on the street. We felt that it is best for some of our members to come and visit children who are taken care of here,” she said.

ZRP, through its Women Support Network, last week donated sanitary wear, skin lotion and fruits to children in the paediatric wards at Chitungwiza Central Hospital.

Comments (3)

Thigh vendors or commercial sex workers should be arrested they do not have an excuse for selling their bodies anyway?? If only they never had babies but now 1) they promote the spread of HIV and AIDS 2) they indirectly fuel crime(passion related crimes and drugs) 3)They make their activities seem justified and that also fuels a loss of morals within our societies. Prostitutes were discarded from ancient societies

imaysoundcrazy - 8 December 2015

what do you expect with the name of the shopping centre Chirasavana? it all answers what happened.

ZERA - 8 December 2015

IT SIMPLY SHOWS HOW TOUGH THE TIMES ARE FOR THOSE MOTHERS, COZ IT IS NOT EASY FOR ANY MOTHER[OF WHICHEVER ANIMAL/BIRD ETC SPECIES] TO ABANDON ITS YOUNG ONE. BUT IT IS BETTER THAN HARM THEM. THOSE WITHIN THE SOCIETY WHO CAN, PLS RAISE THESE CHILDREN, THEY ARE OUR FUTURE.

MAGARA OBWOGE - 8 December 2015

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