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Prostitution in Mozambique is legal and widely practised, and the country also contains illegal brothels.
The majority of the population remains below the poverty line, a situation which provides fertile soil for the development of prostitution.
In 1983 there was a major effort to eliminate sex work in post-independence Zimbabwe by rounding up hundreds of women and detaining them until they could prove they were not involved in the trade, otherwise they were sent to resettlement camps.
A number of women's groups supported this as strengthening marriage.
A study of Kampala teachers in 2008 showed that teachers were turning to prostitution to increase their income.
A sex worker can earn around 1.5 million Ugandan shillings (£439) per month, whereas this would be a yearly wage for a secondary school teacher.
In many cases, the woman in a transactional sexual relationship may remain faithful to her boyfriend, while he may have multiple sexual partners.
found that about two thirds of the prostitutes in the capitol, Bangui, worked part-time to supplement their income or to pay school and college fees.
Those who work in the poorer neighbourhoods are known as "kata".
During the colonial era and the years that followed independence, the Ministry of Health issued calling cards identifying professional sex workers and provided them with medical health checks. Public order laws are sometimes used against sex workers.
The problem of prostitution in Mozambique came under international discussion for the first time in the mid 1990s, when the deputy head of the UN mission Behrouz Sadri accused UN peacekeepers of buying sex from underage prostitutes.
Juba has a large percentage of foreign residents including aid workers and UN personnel.
The god Amun indulged in sexual activity with many women under a religious guise.