Sex workers in Harare are now demanding that clients pay for services through cellphone payments.

According to, a lot of prostitutes now use at least two cellphones to facilitate transactions.

Mobile payment technology was introduced as Zimbabwe struggled with liquidity after ditching the local dollar in favour of foreign currencies in 2009.

Tired of being duped by “unscrupulous” clients, some prostitutes in Harare insists that clients pay through cellphones before they provide service to them.

This is also to protect them from thieves and corrupt police officers who demand bribes during raids.

“Some clients would pay you before you offer them sexual services and then after we finish they violently demand their money back,” said sex worker.

“So I now request that my clients pay via EcoCash or Telecash before I offer them services.”