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A THIRTY-TWO-YEAR-OLD woman of Kapiri Mposhi in Central Province has been sentenced to 20 years imprisonment with hard labour by the Kabwe High Court for procuring young women for prostitution.

Maria Namwinga of Ndeke Township is said to have procured the women, including a 15-year-old pregnant girl, to engage in sex trade between June 1 and July 18, last year.

Kabwe High Court judge Dominic Sichinga jailed the woman after she was earlier convicted by a Kapiri Mposhi magistrate’s court.

During trial, the minor informed the court that Namwinga had told her to sleep with different men in exchange for money which was collected by the convict.

The minor had travelled to Kapiri Mposhi to visit her aunt, but was asked to sleep in Namwinga’s house because she (her aunt) usually fought with her husband at night.

“As we slept, someone I did not know came, then Namwinga told me that the man had K15 and that I should sleep with him. He was called Bashi Uni and was older than me,” the girl said.

“So I slept with Bashi Uni, he undressed me and he came on top of me and everything happened. He used a condom, but I did not see it afterwards. After he had finished, I felt some pain,” she said.

The court heard that Namwinga took the girls to a bar the following day, where she collected K40 from two men before asking the ladies to sleep with them at different times.

“So for that period I slept with about nine to 10 different men. As for the last man, he said he could look for a house or give me money to go back to Kabwe with my friend,” she said.

It was at this point that the matter was reported to the police before Namwinga was arrested.

“I was impregnated by a pupil from Kabwe. I came to Kapiri Mposhi already pregnant, but Namwinga told me it was okay for me to sleep with the men and that I would deliver properly,” she said.

In mitigation, Namwinga asked for leniency, saying she deeply regretted her actions and that she was a first offender.

Mr Justice Sichinga told Namwinga that the offence she had committed was a serious one, whose maximum sentence was life imprisonment with a minimum sentence of 20 years.

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24 COMMENTS

    • I earnestly ask.UPND to.look at youth unemployment.

      I suggest immediate capping years served in pubic service and parastatal organisations to 55 years of age, reduce voluntary years of retirement to 45 years and make normal retirement at 50 years.

      This will guarantee absorption of our youths into formal employment whilst those.who would have worked for st least 25 years will use their savings and experience to continue in self employment. Youths wake up and claim your rights to decent jobs.

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  1. Wages of sin is death… God gave us powerful brains to be able to discern right from wrong. That’s a barbaric act by this devil incarnate woman… Thumbs up to the courts

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  2. Sad, when are those vinyau who stand by the road sides at night all over Lusaka shouting “baby baby” in beer voices going to be cleared off the streets

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    • A brothel raided by police recently was found to only employ married women, and charged customers six times as much for the chance to sleep with someone else’s wife.
      You better make sure your wife is not a chinyau at night…lol

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  3. She should be put in a cell of hungry men prisoners so that she can repay for her brutality to future leaders.
    20 years imprisonment sentence should be handed out on the aunt who sold the girl to the criminal. Equally the parents should not escape for neglecting the daughter who is less than 16 years.

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  4. Zambia is one big brothel why arrest one “Madam” 90% of women are invovled in some kind of prostitution. Whether you agree or not, thats a FACT!
    Most men are dogs who’d give anything for sex.

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  5. They are mothers, married women and young professionals. Women from every walk of life are now just as likely to turn to prostitution because of economical hardships

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  6. Comment:What the woman did is wrong and deserves to b punished to deter wld b offenders.But i think the punishment is very harsh.pipo have commited worse crimes such as economic sabotage all they get is a light sentence bcz they are friends of those in high places.

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  7. Nothing wrong with running a brothel. Prostitution is the world’s oldest profession. The problem I have is that she recruited children. If a grown woman wants to use her body to make money thats her business. A grown man wants to pay for sex thats his business. Leave judgement to god not another human being.

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  8. 20 years its too much, No! No! No! Because she is poor and can’t afford to hire a Lawyer? Kodi pazedi chilungamo chiyende ngati Madzi but not 20years, What God will do during the judgement day? 20years nkhani yake iti? Anthu osauka azifela kundende chifukwa cha Umphawi?

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    • I’m shocked, very shocked to find a person who committed such a barbaric crime even has sympathisers! Is it because most of you chauvinist pigs think women are sex objects? A pregnant girl is raped and you have the audacity to bark ” pipo
      have commited worse crimes such
      as economic sabotage..blah blah!” Now I know what is wrong with this country. It has too many eediots drunk with sexual lust they can’t even judge right from wrong. Not a modicum of a conscience exists in a fool that says 20 years is too much , prostitution is the oldest profession. This isn’t prostitution you uneducated imbecile!. This is child trafficking, rape, paedophilia combined and you can’t see this just because you are too hungry for sex you take sexual offences casually, too casually !

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  9. I’m very shocked to find a person who committed such a barbaric crime even has sympathisers! Is it because most of you chauvinist pigs think women are sex objects? A pregnant girl is raped and you have the audacity to bark ” pipo
    have commited worse crimes such
    as economic sabotage..blah blah!” Now I know what is wrong with this country. It has too many eediots drunk with sexual lust they can’t even judge right from wrong. Not a modicum of a conscience exists in a fool that says 20 years is too much , prostitution is the oldest profession. This isn’t prostitution you uneducated imbecile. This is child trafficking, rape, paedophilia combined and you can’t see this just because you are too hungry for sex!

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  10. I’m very shocked to find a beast who committed such a barbaric crime even has sympathisers! Is it because most of you chauvinist pigs think women are sex objects? A pregnant girl is raped and you have the audacity to bark ” pipo have commited worse crimes such
    as economic sabotage..blah blah!”
    Now I know what is wrong with this country. It has too many eediots drunk with sexual lust they can’t even judge right from wrong. Not a modicum of a conscience exists in a fool that says 20 years is too much , or prostitution is the oldest profession. This isn’t prostitution you uneducated imbecile! This is child trafficking, rape, paedophilia combined and you can’t see this just because you are too hungry for sex!

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  11. That is one of the most cruel things I have ever heard. I mean there are plenty of baby killers getting less than half of what she got. Sure she needed to be punished but 20yrs? Give me a break.

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  12. I would consider liniency if she had not pimped a 15 year old. That is crossing the line. Prostitution is common, yes, and having one person punished for what is a common practice is a bit unfair, but pimping a minor, that one needs serious consideration.

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  13. I’m shocked to find people who sympathise with such horrible crimes. It just goes to show how primitive thinking permeates our society. A person commits a combination of paedophilia, human trafficking, and rape and you male chauvinist pigs can say prostitution is the world’s oldest profession, 20 years is too much !!
    This is not prostitution you uneducated imbecile! 15 year olds don’t engage in prostitution! Because most lusting male pigs see women as sex objects there is a frightening lack of respect for females. That’s why some can’t see the gravity of the crimes. If you think the sentence is the cruelest thing you’ve heard what do you have to say about the girl’s experience? The convicted criminal deserved a life sentence

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