A prostitute who has been making a living from the trade has opened up on how she uses tricks to make men give her money.

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A woman who has been into prostitution for a long time now has opened up on how she ‘charms’ men to part ways with huge sums of money and the secret she uses to satisfy them in bed.
She shared her story with B-metro.co.zw.
The narrative of a s*x worker’s cycle can be told through the eye of ‘Nomalanga 38, although age and disease have caught up, it’s still game on for her. She can’t compete with those at their prime mostly between the ages groups 17-30 but still has clientele.
The routine is patronizing a comfortable corner at a hotel pub, target market is business executives, politicians and businessmen-basically those that can part with good money for an ‘old woman’s charm’.
“Young girls don’t know how to make a man feel special. They make it obvious they want money. I become the ‘wife away from home’ and that means trust and a regular client is guaranteed,” she said with a grin of institutional knowledge.
According to information from the National Aids Council (NAC) 69 percent of prostitutes in Nomalanga’s age group 30-39 are HIV positive closely followed by the 25-29 age group with a 55 percent prevalence. The young ones, the most active that is, ages 18-24 have a 36 percent prevalence. Nomalanga admits she is lucky to be alive. Having gone through the junior ranks to where she is, if she had to be a prostitute all over again, there are things she would do differently.
“The problem is that when young you think you are in it for fast money. You might make a lot of money this week and be without a cent next week and that week you won’t make anything close to the previous week,” she said. The money myth will force a prostitute to sleep with more people in a short space of time and that translates to more exposure to disease and other vices.
A research by NAC reveals most s*x workers become drug and alcohol abusers to ease pressure that comes with the oldest profession.
In this kind of work, beer helps us not to feel shy, you will not be embarrassed anymore.  Even if you want to dance or do even those things which you may not be able to do when you are not drunk,’ said one s*x worker.
It took a rude awakening for Nomalanga to bounce back from her death-bed in 2010. She tested positive in 2007.
“I lost all hope to live because I was a dead person walking. At first I took my medicines but along the way I started defaulting because I was not keeping track of time and I wasn’t organized. There are times when I would sleep at a client’s place and the tablets would be at home,” she said.
Dr Cleophas Chimbetete from Zimbabwe Aids Care Foundation said when a patient relapses, like Nomalanga did, the HIV strand in her blood becomes drug resistant. Therefore, the resistant variant HIV grows and comes to predominate while the variant that is being dealt with by the drug remains minimal and diluted and that leads to a patient’s deterioration because the drug resistant virus multiplies. In such a case a new combination of drugs is administered to the patient provided it’s not too late.
“I was saved and since then I take my medicines religiously without compromise and safe s*x is key. I have to at least see off my daughter to university,” she added.
S*x work is illegal in Zimbabwe but because it’s thriving as a tax-free venture it’s popular and so, s*x workers are a high risk population. Nomalanga is her first name.
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