Malawi: Allegedly HIV-positive man 'hired to have sex with young women, kids' held

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Lilongwe, July 27: Malaiwan President Peter Mutharika has ordered the arrest of Eric Aniva, a HIV-positive man who had been hired by families to have sex with over 100 young women, including children, as part of ritual cleansing.

Mutharika said since Aniva confessed that he did not use protection during his indulgence, he should be probed for exposing girls to the dreaded HIV and be charged "further be charged accordingly", AP said.

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Aniva claimed to be a paid sex worker, known as a "hyena", hired by families and elderly villagers to have sex with young girls once they reached puberty.

President Mutharika said such violations under the guise of culture were unacceptable and asked the police to probe all men and parents who are involved in the "shocking malpractice".

Malawai's police inspector General Lexten Kachama said most of the girls with which Aniva had sex were underaged children, the AP report said.

Chrispine Sibande, a human rights lawyer in the south-eastern African nation, praised Mutharika for taking up the initiative but still felt that only arresting Aniva wasn't enough and a broader effort was required to end the "rampant practice", added the AP.

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