Two sex workers were robbed and raped at knife point by their clients next to Mukuvisi River in Mbare, Harare on Saturday.

Police said the two women hooked up with their two male clients at around 10 PM at Market Square in the CBD.

The men took the sex workers to a secluded place where they raped and robbed them of their cash and cellphones.

Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) spokesperson for Harare Province, Inspector Luckmore Chakanza, confirmed the case to H-Metro and urged women to avoid loitering at night. He said:

The two were approached by two unidentified men requesting their services.

They agreed to spend a night at one of the accused’s place of residence in Joburg Lines, Mbare.

The four boarded a commuter omnibus to Mbare and were dropped near Rufaro Stadium.

The two complainants were lured to a secluded place near Mukuvisi River in a maize field behind Gwinyai Primary School.

While in the maize field, one of the accused persons produced an Okapi knife and threatened to k!ll the complainants if they did not comply with their demands.

The accused persons instructed the complainants to surrender their cellphones and cash.

One of them surrendered a Huawei cellphone and cash amounting to US$70 and another surrendered an Itel cellphone.

The accused persons instructed the complainants to undress, lie on the ground and raped them without protection.

After the act, the accused persons ran away. The complainants were referred to the MSF clinic for medical examination.

According to a report, prostitution is not a crime in Zimbabwe but “what is criminalised is the act of offering one’s services in a public place. A public place can be any road, building, open space or other place of any description to which the public have access.”