Zambia - Life on the border - Portrait of the 'Queen Mother'
Maureen Chipembere poses with some of the sex workers who live in her compound in Chirundu. She is HIV positive and is proudly displaying the ARV medication which has helped her recover her health. They are some of the estimated 350 sex workers based in Chirundu - a small settlement on the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe which is well known as a HIV/AIDS transmission hotspot. "They call me 'Queen Mother' because I am a teacher. I teach these upcoming ones the tactics of being a sex worker. I teach them how to use a condom and tell them to carry one when they go for truck drivers. We do not enjoy sex - we do it because of poverty. So if a client insists on not using a condom, we just increase the prices. I now rent out the rooms in this compound. There are 21 sex workers living here. The sex trade is not a good career but this is where we earn our living."
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