A 29-year-old self-confessed thigh vendor has traded the oldest profession for academic qualifications.
Sharon Mazvihwa, who made headlines when she was captured last week along the railway line loitering for the purpose of thigh vending, said she was shocked to receive an interview letter for a job she had applied for sometime in December 2020.
Sharon, a mother of two children with 12 points at A* Level, is now working at an organization which deals disadvantaged women.
She claims she got into prostitution because of sexual abuse cases.
“I felt undressed although I was half naked when H-Metro lenses captured me along the railway line as I preyed on men who would then give me money in return of sexual favours,” said Sharon.
“Little did I know that it was my last day in the old profession and my fears were for the future and status of my children who would see the photographs when they grow up.
“I am the one who was captured eating bread and I was the one who had bought the bread since my fellow thigh vendors had no food the whole afternoon and were exposed to hot weather.
“My tears dried up when I received a call for an interview from one of the organizations that help women and children.
“They considered my application. I made some time in December 2020 and today I am happy to inform H-Metro and their readers that God has opened a door for a better life.
“Education is the key and today my academic qualifications I attained during my school days at have paid me,” said Sharon.
Sharon narrated how she ended up into sex work.
“Mundinamatirewo zvechipfambi havibhadhare uye hazvidadise; inhamo chete hapana mukadzi anoda kushambadza muviri wake,” said Sharon.
“I grew up living and knowing my mother only.
“My mother got sick and passed on and I decided to leave my step father to stay with friends and this how I ended up joining sex workers.
“I never enjoyed the old profession, that is why I kept on applying for a job to various organisations and I thank The Centre for Sexual Health and HIV AIDS Research Zimbabwe (CeSHHAR) for considering my application.
“Ndasiya chipfambi ndinoda kuti Mwari vandibatsire ndigone kuchengetedza basa rangu; ndichaedza kubatsira vamwe vangu nekuvakurudzira kuti vasiye zvekuparadza hunhu hwavo nechimiro chavo vachiita zvechipfambi. Education is power,” said Sharon.
CeSHHAR official Tarie Macheche confirmed employing Sharon, saying they considered her academic qualifications and some of the practical work she offered to disadvantaged people.
“The organisation offered employment to her on merit,” said Macheche.
“We were not aware that she was into sex work, but our organization assists women to a better life and assists sex workers to leave the old profession and get better jobs,” she said.