Men Zimbabwe fear sperm-hunting women

Susan Dhliwayo was stunned when she pulled her car over recently to pick up a group of male hitchhikers and they refused to get in. The reason? They fear being raped.

Sensational reports of gangs of beautiful women picking up male travellers to have sex and harvest their sperm in condoms have gripped Zimbabwe in a dizzying mix of taboos, rituals and downright bizarre. “Now, men fear women. They said: ‘we can’t go with you because we don’t trust you’,” 19-year-old Dhliwayo recounted.

Local media have reported victims of the highway prowlers being drugged, subdued at gun or knife point – even with a live snake in one case – given a sexual stimulant and forced into repeated sex before being dumped on the roadside.

The sperm hunters first surfaced in the local press in 2009 but police have only arrested three women, found with a plastic bag of 31 used condoms in October. The attacks have continued since they were nabbed for allegedly violating 17 men.

“We do not have the exact number of confirmed cases,” said national police spokesperson Wayne Bvudzijena. “These cases occurred mostly when the victims were hitchhiking and boarded private vehicles. We encourage people to use public transport.”

The sperm’s exact use is not clear but is thought to be intended for “juju” or traditional rituals to bring luck – anything from enhancing good fortune, boosting business or preventing a criminal from being detected.

More: news24.com

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