TORN APART with BOYD PHIRI
IT IS not always that you hear prostitutes trekking to another town en mass in search of greener pasture.
I mean, who would guess that the plight of retrenched miners in Mufulira would bring fortune to commercial sex workers from other towns.
Of course, the quest by call girls to exploit the lust of some men at a fee wherever they see an opportunity has never been in doubt. This is why their industry is revered to be the oldest profession.
Why do you think people in down-trodden areas always shout â€œhule, hule, huleâ€ whenever they catch a prostitute pants down with another womanâ€™s husband.
That just goes to show you, of course, that sex workers do not respect other peopleâ€™s problems. Even at a funeral they can find an opportunity to make someone happy by selling sex.
It must be nice: one moment, you are mourning, the next moment, you are having a roll in the hay with a prostitute.
But I find it astonishing to hear that the sex workers have taken Mufulira by storm. It is not as if they want to find a solution to the plight of retrenched miners. But as Mufulira District Commissioner (DC) Zakeyo Kamanga told the Sunday Mail last week, the sex workers in the mining town are after the minersâ€™ benefits.
The ex-miners have since been paid their retrenchment packages – K18,000 each and Christmas bonus. Thatâ€™s a lot of money if one has never handled such an amount at once before.
Indeed, prostitutes in the town must be feeling lucky to be part of the windfall, although it is almost like leading the retrenched miners into temptation.
Interestingly, some miners have received the ladies with both hands – if not with all their hearts – and the district commissioner is concerned about the development in the town.
What is even more worrying is that the sex workers from other towns who have invaded Mufulira have resorted to beating up their rivals, whom they found conducting similar business locally.
Just like the DC, I feel this is perhaps the most difficult challenge the miners are facing. Itâ€™s not like the ice bucket challenge once popularised by famous people in Europe and America, which involved pouring icy water on one another for a just course.
Sex challenge for the miners is a different ball game. Not only does the sex challenge from the marauding prostitutes seem wasteful to the retrenched miners, it also poses a threat to their marriages.
I am not entirely sure why some of the retrenched miners have fallen prey to the prostitutes. I donâ€™t think that a massage therapy with a happy ending has a therapeutic value to make the ex-miners forget about losing their jobs.
Mopani Copper Mines recently laid off over 3,000 workers at its Nkana and Mufulira plants as part of Glencoreâ€™s debts reduction strategy.
Certainly, that problem was enough for the miners – and all they needed was help from authorities, not prostitutes.
Like the DC, I have to say that I am worried about the action taken by the prostitutes to eat on the plight of men in other towns.
What if next harvest season we hear that the prostitutes are after some farmers in Chipata who would have received their pay cheque from Food Reserve Agency (FRA)?
What if the prostitutes target some fishermen in Mpulungu when the fish ban is over?
What if we hear that the prostitutes are after some playersâ€™ winning bonuses in Lusaka after the CHAN tournament in Rwanda?
What if the prostitutes go for construction workersâ€™ benefits when the road projects are over in Munyumbwe?
Somehow, I think prostitutes are trying to explore a lot more than they have done in the past standing in the streets of their hometowns at night waiting for the same clients year in and year out.
But what men need to know is that these ladies arenâ€™t ordinary prostitutes at all. Theyâ€™re cheap prostitutes not worth the risk to lose oneâ€™s benefits from the mines or payment from the FRA.
Better enjoy your money with your family while you still have it.
TORN APART with BOYD PHIRI