A mother was shocked to discover that her 6-year-old son had contracted HIV after a friend of hers raped him.
Mercy Muchemwa of Zimbabwe, a prostitute, was a close friend of the boy’s mother. After raping him repeatedly, she allegedly gave him $1 to $2 to stay quiet.
When the boy was diagnosed with HIV, he was asked who had raped him. He reported that it was a friend of his mother’s: Muchemwa.
“The matter came to light last week on Wednesday while the boy was in his rural home in Chirumanzi,” prosecutor Mukai Mutumhe said. “He fell sick and was taken to the clinic where he was diagnosed.”
According to the 45-year-old, she liked his “little boy energy.”
The woman was arrested and charged with aggravated indecent assault. She is currently being held in jail without bail.
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