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Drug Use and Addiction Amongst Women with Disabilities Who Are Commercial Sex Workers in Zimbabwe

  • Tafadzwa Rugoho
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Abstract

This chapter seeks to discuss the experiences of sex workers with disabilities who are using drugs. Women with disabilities who are commercial sex workers face numerous challenges, including discrimination by fellow commercial sex workers, society and family and harassment by their clients and police. Many of these women have resorted to abuse of alcohol to cope with the demands and stress of their profession. The government of Zimbabwe is doing very little to address the problem of illicit sale of drugs in the streets. Currently, there are no organisations which are working on drug abuse amongst commercial sex workers. The chapter ends by proffering some solutions.

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  • Tafadzwa Rugoho
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  1. 1.University of Kwa Zulu NatalKwa Zulu NatalSouth Africa

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