Malawi Imprisoned A Man For Two Years Who Was Paid To Have Sex With Children

Malawi Imprisoned A Man For Two Years Who Was Paid To Have Sex With Children
Malawi Imprisoned A Man For Two Years Who Was Paid To Have Sex With Children

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In Malawi, HIV-positive Eric Aniva was sentenced to two years in prison with forced labor for having unprotected sex with local women and girls.

Malawi imprisoned a man for two years who was paid to have sex with children
Malawi imprisoned a man for two years who was paid to have sex with children

The court found Aniva guilty of "harmful cultural practices" - such an article is in the law on gender equality in Malawi.

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Aniva's lawyer said he would appeal the verdict. Aniva himself admitted to AFP that he was hoping for a suspended sentence.

Aniva was arrested at the end of July by order of the country's President Peter Mutariki.

The president wanted Aniva to be tried on charges of having sex with underage girls, but none of them agreed to speak at the trial.

Aniva was eventually convicted of sex with widows. The judge ruled that they had actually been forced into sexual relations, and most often the sex was unprotected.

The Aniva case was the first of its kind.

This was preceded by an interview with the BBC, in which Aniva admits that he makes a living rituals of sexual "cleansing" of girls and newly widowed women. Such people are called "hyenas" in Malawi.

According to local customs, girls who have reached puberty must lose their virginity in the arms of the "hyena". Also, a widowed woman should have sex with a "hyena", and before her husband's funeral. "Cleansing" is also required for a woman who has had an abortion.

In an interview with the BBC, Aniva admitted that in this way he slept with more than 100 women and girls. He also revealed that he is HIV positive, but withholds his status from clients.

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