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Male sex work on the rise

Male sex work in Botswana remains a taboo subject due to cultural and moral beliefs deeply rooted in the country’s Christian foundation. However, despite the prevailing stigma and discrimination, male sex workers have found themselves drawn into this controversial industry due to a combination of factors, including unemployment and the high cost of living.

Male sex workers in Botswana often find themselves in this line of work after running away from home due to unfortunate circumstances. Many of them arrive in major cities with no money and no means to support themselves. The harsh economic conditions in the country, coupled with limited job opportunities, push these individuals towards sex work as a means of survival.

Due to the illegality of sex work in Botswana and the associated stigma, male sex workers adopt discreet methods to attract clients. They do not line up along the roads or actively approach potential clients. Instead, they allow clients to approach them, often without the involvement of pimps. This secrecy is a result of the fear of being exposed and facing further discrimination.

Male sex workers, like Goitsemodimo Moabi and Brian Sims (nom de plume) , turn to sex work primarily due to unemployment and the high cost of living. With limited job opportunities and the struggle to make ends meet, sex work offers a way to earn fast cash. These individuals are willing to trade their bodies for financial stability, regardless of the gender of their clients.

Moabi, a 33-year-old from Ramotswa said he aspires to be a male sex worker. “There are no jobs and we are finding it hard to find decent jobs. Cost of living is very high. It is stressful to go to work every day and at the end of the month, you are still bankrupt. Being a sex worker means earning fast cash. I would trade myself for men and women, provided they bring in money.”

Male sex workers face numerous challenges and risks in their line of work. The lack of legal recognition and protection leaves them vulnerable to exploitation, violence, and health risks. Some clients demand unsafe sex, putting the sex workers at risk of contracting sexually transmitted infections, including HIV. The absence of proper healthcare and support systems further exacerbates these risks.

Male sex workers, like 27-year-old Brian Sims from Palapye, advocate for the legalization of sex work in Botswana. They argue that legalizing the industry would provide them with better protection, access to healthcare, and the ability to voice their concerns without fear of persecution. Legalization would also allow for regulation and the implementation of safer practices, reducing the risks associated with sex work.

Male sex workers in Botswana face numerous challenges, including stigma, discrimination, and economic hardships. Despite the prevailing cultural and moral beliefs, these individuals turn to sex work as a means of survival. It is crucial to listen to their voices, understand their motivations, and address the underlying issues that push them into this industry. Legalizing sex work and providing support systems can help protect the rights and well-being of male sex workers, ensuring their safety and access to essential services.

BRIAN SIMS OPENS UP ABOUT HIS TRADE

Brian Sims opened up about his preferred form of trade, in a world that is under enemy control of judgement, discrimination and prejudice. He had to risk it all and become a male sex worker, even though he has not embraced it publicly.

Just like any other sex worker, male or female, Sims took a swift decision to become a sex worker because of one thing: unemployment. In 2022, he had no job. This meant that he had no means of survival and sex work came as an easier way to maneuver through the hardships brought about by the deadly pandemic year.

“I lost my job beginning of 2022 and since then, it has been a struggle to survive. It was emotionally taxing considering that I used to work before and my life has drastically fallen apart. I had a choice to survive or perish altogether. I unhesitatingly chose sex work.”

Sims does not have a university degree because he never went to a tertiary institution. He was working in a retail shop, and a bar as a side hustle. This made things worse because in today’s world, experience and a qualification go hand in hand in order to apply for a decent job.

“Before becoming a sex worker, I applied for a number of jobs obviously with limited opportunities because I am less educated. Some businesses did not want to pay and this powered the strain that I had already. It was then I realized that I was going round in circles.”

Even though he never thought of being a sex worker, Sims found himself hooking up with a friend, initially thinking that they are just quenching their sexual desires. The affair started at a local tavern when the friend voluntarily bought everything that Sims needed. This continued with no hiccups for quite a stretch and fast forward to 2023, the later has a clientele that simply makes a call whenever they need their sexual frustrations gone.

“These women have good money. I make myself available to women who look pretty at these establishments. Some of them want casual sex while others want someone younger to play with. These kinds of meet-ups occur on weekends but I have one client who pays ahead.”

Besides a client who has a monthly subscription, Sims indicated that on average, he makes over P3000.00, being the highest he has earned so far. He positively said that sex work is working out for him, even though there are risks associated with it.

“I am fine being a sex worker. It helps pay the bills. With the high standard of living, all that we need is money and I am getting that from what I do right now. As sex workers, we need to voice out and have our business be legalized.”

He offers clients unsafe sex at times, and this is mostly a demand from them that there be no protection. “Frankly, I never think of using protection. I was enrolled for Prep but it is tiring. I’ve turned to God for mercies. In any case I contract HIV, I shall see.

 

 

 

 

 

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Botswana’s Legislative Milestone: Championing Disability Rights

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In a significant stride towards inclusivity, Botswana’s National Assembly has ratified the groundbreaking Persons with Disability Act. This legislation is a cornerstone in protecting the rights and promoting the economic well-being of individuals with disabilities

At the heart of this act is the creation of two pivotal bodies: the National Disability Coordinating Office and the National Disability Council. These institutions are set to revolutionize the integration of disability affairs into the national fabric, as outlined by the Minister for State President, Kabo Morwaeng. Morwaeng highlighted the alignment of this act with the global Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), underlining Botswana’s commitment to international standards in disability rights.

During his address to Parliament, Morwaeng disclosed Botswana’s inaugural CRPD report submission to the UN, underscoring the nation’s dedication to global dialogue on disability rights. Furthermore, he unveiled plans for a comprehensive assessment to understand the socio-economic realities of disabled individuals and their families. This initiative, complemented by the strengthening of existing programs, aims to empower this community, ensuring their integration and prosperity in society

Morwaeng’s call to action was clear. He urged a collective shift in developmental agendas to accommodate and prioritize disability issues, advocating for an inclusive societal framework.

An ambitious budget of P35,631,600 has been allocated to bridge gaps in Disability Economic Empowerment, alongside critical studies and the establishment of the National Emergency Operations Centre. Concluding his presentation, Morwaeng appealed to fellow governmental departments to allocate funds diligently to fulfill CRPD and Persons with Disabilities obligations, marking a new chapter in Botswana’s legislative history towards inclusive development.

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Kabo Matlho, a luminary whose fame once graced the grand finale of My Star, is poised to enchant the music realm once more with an upcoming solo venture—an RnB and Hip-Hop Extended Play (EP)—heralding his grand resurgence after a hiatus that spoke volumes.

During a telephonic confab with our editors, the virtuoso, navigating the world from the confines of his wheelchair, confided that while the exact launch date of the EP remains shrouded in mystery, he is fervently working towards a mid-2024 reveal. Matlho shared the trials of his odyssey, especially the cold shoulder he received from the industry ambushes, crediting the harsh exclusion to his physical predicament.

“The scene calls me once more, for the absence has been both a sabbatical and a shadow. The road for an artist, enveloped in the embrace of wheels, is strewn with fewer welcomes and scarce stages. Yet, herein I forge my return, with the precise hour of my EP’s birth still nestled in the coming chapters, assuredly within this year’s embrace,” Matlho unveiled with a determination that shone bright.

 

Probed on his choice for a solo EP, the melody weaver expressed a desire to not only rekindle his essence but to stand solitary under the spotlight, nurturing his brand to vigor before possibly blending it with the talents of others—once his career phoenix rises anew from its ashes.

Elaborating on his Extended Play, Matlho shared visions of its essence, where the soul of RnB intertwines with the spirited rhythm of Hip-Hop, crafting an audial tapestry that not only returns to his roots but also ventures into previously uncharted territories of his musical domain. With resilience, Matlho faces the crossroads of his artistry, embracing the whisperings of Hip-Hop that tease the boundaries of his comfort, embarking on this path with a heart both apprehensive and ablaze.

 

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BODANSA strikes gold with a handsome P45K windfall from Turnstar Holdings

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The Botswana DanceSport Association (BODANSA) has been graced with a financial boon of P45,000 courtesy of Turnstar Holdings. This generous endowment is earmarked for the illustrious Botswana International Dance Sport Grand Prix Championships, which are scheduled to animate Gaborone from Friday to Saturday.

At a media engagement held early today, BODANSA’s Marketing Maestro, Tiro Ntwayagae, shared that Turnstar Holdings Limited has bestowed a gift of P45,000 towards the grand spectacle.

“We are thrilled to announce that this backing will enable us to orchestrate a cultural soirée at the Game City Marque locale, a night brimming with cultural fervor set for March 1, 2024, from 6pm to the stroke of midnight.

This enchanting space will also serve as the battleground for the preliminaries of traditional dance ensembles—spanning the rhythmically rich Setapa to the euphoric beats of Sebirwa, the spirited Seperu, the heavenly Hosana, and more—in a competition folded into the Traditional Dance Groups Category. The ensemble that dances into the judges’ hearts will clinch a grand prize of P10,000,” elaborated Ntwayagae.

He further illuminated that the cultural eve would not only celebrate traditional melodies but also the fresh beats of contemporary dance variants including Hip Hop, Sbujwa, Amapiano, among others, in a dazzling display of modern dance mastery.

Moreover, these championships carry the prestigious recognition by the World DanceSport Federation as a qualifying round for the Breakdance category for the Paris 2024 Olympics. “This is a monumental opportunity for athletes to leap towards their Olympic dreams during one of the penultimate qualifiers,” underscored Ntwayagae.

Looking ahead to March 2, 2024, the festivities will propel into the University of Botswana Indoor Sports Arena for the championship’s climactic showdowns encompassing Breakdance, Latin, and Ballroom Dancing.

 

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