Retired prostitutes open college of sex to teach tricks of the trade

15 July 2014 - 12:53 By Times LIVE
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Ever wondered what happens to sex workers when they grow old and it is time to retire?

According to, retired sex workers in Zimbabwe are now training the new crop in matters of reproductive health and engaging in safe sex.

Lima Mankarankara, 66, said she and her peers have a "consultancy service" for younger sex workers in the area, to stay relevant in the industry.

"We teach them how to handle clients well and the proper use of condoms,'' she said.

"Men take advantage of girls, so this is a way of making sure the girls stay safe and avoid unwanted babies while getting a little something for ourselves," Mankarankara added.

She said the girls show appreciation for the lessons through money or food for the consultancy provided. "Some of the girls are underage and cannot access condoms, so we give them the condoms because as much as we hate to admit it, the girls are already in business at the age of 12," the elderly woman said.

Together with three other retired sex workers, Mankarankara runs the organisation and procures sanitation, condoms and pregnancy test kits.