'Zim students in Cyprus turn to prostitution'

HARARE - Desperate Zimbabwean students studying in Cyprus are engaged in dangerous activities which include drug trafficking, prostitution and gambling as they bid to fund their university education, Parliament revealed yesterday.

In its startling remarks, Parliament’s Foreign Affairs committee warned that there was need for intervention as some students had been jailed for various offences committed out of their desperate situation.

  “Three Zimbabwe students were recently arrested, one has been given seven years in prison over drug trafficking.

“We have about 4 800 Zimbabwean students who are in Cyprus, some went there through bogus agencies and were promised non-existent scholarships.

“Some went there with false information and because of that, they got there and started involving themselves with drugs, in prostitution, others are marrying other nationalities for convenience. Some have been arrested for drug trafficking,” chairperson of Foreign Affairs committee, Kindness Paradza told the Daily News yesterday.

“So we have approached the (Zimbabwean) ministry (of Foreign Affairs) to send an official delegation there through Turkey because Cyprus is under Turkey,” he added.

A student in Cyprus who recently arrived home for vacation told the Daily News how the situation was dire for many Zimbabweans in Cyprus as they were struggling to fund their studies.

“The truth is that when you are a foreigner in Cyprus, you can’t get a job.  Cyprus actually has a high unemployment rate, so it is not possible for them to employ foreigners,” said the student who requested anonymity.

“Zimbabwean girls are dating any nationality they can for money. Some are involved in unprotected sexual activities with many men for money,” the student said, adding women of all ages were affected and they were working in brothels, as strippers, in lap dancing clubs, and on sex phone lines.

Comments (8)

Yet we got so many local universities where you can get a degree that can take you anywhere in the world.You students think foreign is lekker.It us home which is the best nomatter what.

come home - 29 June 2017

Nonsense, they can never be 4800 ZIM STUDENTS in that small country , moreover who sent them there and for what, get your facts right daily lies.

truths - 29 June 2017

CYPRUS is NOT under Turkey. They illegally invaded and Occupy it. Would you like us to call your home RHODESIA??? You should stop your students going to fake universities too many have died in the ILLEGALLY OCCUPIED AREA not all Cyprus.

A Real Cypriot - 30 June 2017

CYPRUS is NOT under Turkey. They illegally invaded and Occupy it. Would you like us to call your home RHODESIA??? You should stop your students going to fake universities too many have died in the ILLEGALLY OCCUPIED AREA not all Cyprus.

A Real Cypriot - 30 June 2017

I think when writing such a story it is important to get some facts right, like NORTH Cyprus, which was occupied by Turkey is where we are studying

Student in NORTH Cyprus - 30 June 2017

Whether true or not these Mps they now looking to go out so as to have their pockets fat

Igwee - 30 June 2017

Take note,it is called,Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC).Its illegal to who?Our studies are governed by the Turkish Ministry of Education and other International boards. If its like that,Zimbabweans are struggling everywhere.Home or abroad but its too generalised. Students at MSU,sell sex at a $1 peg. Prostitution happening in Universities you want us to come and study from. Prostitution is everywhere my colleague . Mbare is full of drug loads but they are walking scot free.Who ever commits a crime home or abroad is apprehended for the wrong acts.We need to respect laws in whatever country we are or intend to visit. I am a beneficiary of 100% scholarship at Cyprus International University and other hard working Zim students benefited the scholarship.It is ACADEMIC MERIT based.Have fun fail and pay heft tuition but study your books and walk free in the sweet foreign land.

TRNC INSIDER - 1 July 2017

I agree with @TRNC INSIDER and would like to add more since I am a foreign student in another country as well. Generally Zimbabweans have wrong perceptions of the diaspora. Some of them are now behaving like West Africans, just escaping home at any cost. I understand the hardships back home but would like to encourage parents and students to do thorough research of their intended destinations before leaving home. I welcomed four Zimbabweans in the past year who had nothing but a few clothes! Can you imagine, munhu kungotsvaga mari yendege chete then zvatoita. Its really bad and gives a poor picture of our country. This puts pressure on some of us to share the little we had but never budgeted for even 1 extra stomach but hapana zvekuita. Can the parliament set up a vetting organ for any Zimbabwean leaving the country on a student Visa. This can help curb issues of non-existent scholarships and should demand that anyone leaving the country must have a return ticket plus enough subsistence money for at least one year. Otherwise more are on their way out without anything. Very sad.

Another Foreigner - 1 July 2017

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