The former Matabeleland North Provincial Medical Director said this in an interview on Friday last week. Dr Labode said Zimbabwe should legalise the PROFESSION so that people do it in a safe and open environment where they are bound to use protection and be free from sexually transmitted infections. She further said Zimbabweans should not pretend as if prostitution is not existing.
“Prostitution MUST be legalised. Whether Tabitha (Khumalo) said it or not, it must just be legalised. If it is legalised then women will use condoms and not spread or contract the virus. We should not pretend as if prostitution does not exist. It is there and the moment we legalise it, cases of Aids will definitely decrease and again men will not take advantage of prostitutes as they will be registered under an agent.”
Dr Labode said sex workers should be registered like in European countries where they get agents and pay tax. She said women were pushed into prostitution because of poverty and that the economy should first stabilise for women not to have prostitution as a means of earning income.
Meanwhile, Ms Tabitha Khumalo, an MDC-T legislator, has been on several occasions quoted in the media pushing for legalisation of prostitution in Zimbabwe. Ms Khumalo did not end there, but went on to say these women (prostitutes) are PLEASURE ENGINEERS who are making their SERVICES ESSENTIAL TO THE NATION!
An ally from the same political party, Senator Sithembile Mlotshwa also sent shockwaves among citizens when she suggested that in parliament that men should get CASTRATED in order to reduce HIV infections.
Two weeks ago, another MDC-T senator, Mr Morgan Femai sparked outrage after he suggested that women should STOP BATHING as usual and DRESS SHABBILY in order to curb the spread of HIV/AIDS. The MDC-T senator for Chikomo said his perception was necessary to help curb the spread of HIV because men were finding it difficult to resist attractive and well-dressed women.