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HIV-Infected Man Is Being Paid To Have Sex With Children


There is a disturbing tradition in Malawi.

It involves young girls, mostly 12 to 13 years old, being forced to have sex with much older men in the three days following their first period.

The girls are sent to camps referred to as initiation camps where they are ‘taught’ how to have sex

This is considered a form of cleansing, and the logic, according is to “avoid infection with their parents or the rest of the community”, whatever that means.

The BBC interviewed one of the older men who are paid to have sex with the young girls. While these men, referred to as hyenas, are ironically chosen because of their supposed good morals, one admits to being HIV positive


Eric Aniva is in his 40s, and he is one of the hyenas. He is also HIV positive and has been having condom-less sex since 1995, resulting in at least five children and countless infections.

He has had sex with over 100 girls in his time, Yet the Malawian government will not even officially condemn either the parents of the girls or the hyenas.