US am­bas­sador tells stu­dents to re­port sex­ual abuse cases

Observer on Saturday - - Front Page - By Ackel Zwane

Busi­ness­men are pro­vid­ing trans­port to ferry girls from the Kwaluseni Cam­pus of the Eswatini Univer­sity for pur­poses of pimping them to af­flu­ent tourists flood­ing a pop­u­lar hang­out spot in Mat­sapha.

These busi­ness­men take ad­van­tage of the girls’ fi­nan­cial sit­u­a­tion on cam­pus and se­lect ‘top of the grade’ in­di­vid­u­als for pur­poses of pro­mot­ing their busi­ness into host­ing up­mar­ket guests. They also take ad­van­tage of the girl’s aca­demic sta­tuses to mar­ket them to guests who ar­rive solely for pur­poses of whet­ting their sex­ual ap­petites.

While this does not seek to con­done the al­leged rape of a stu­dent at the Univer­sity of Eswatini by a prince, it has been re­vealed that de­layed pay­ments of al­lowances which them­selves are mea­gre force girl stu­dents into avail­ing them­selves for sex­ual favours in ex­change for food, drinks and other good­ies.

Cam­pus res­i­dents have re­vealed that on week­ends, es­pe­cially month-ends three kom­bis are com­mis­sioned from an en­ter­tain­ment home around Mat­sapha to ferry girls in the evening where they are in­tro­duced to very rich pa­trons mainly from South Africa. While at the danc­ing home they al­low the pa­trons ac­cess to ev­ery part of the body while heavy meals and drinks do the rounds. At this en­ter­tain­ment home there are spe­cial rooms in which the girls are treated and paid fees for the ser­vices ei­ther in kind or cash. The tar­gets are said to be first year stu­dents who are not used to spend-

ing al­lowances spar­ingly to last the se­mes­ter.

“They be­come vir­tual call girls. There is hardly a way to com­plain if short­changed, that is if the client re­fuses to pay. Nat­u­rally af­ter all the en­ter­tain­ment, good food and drinks the men de­mand sex and the girls have lit­tle room to refuse be­cause by then they would have made those men spend for­tunes on them,” one con­cerned stu­dent stated.

It has also tran­spired that most of the girls how­ever do not mind hav­ing a de­cent meal just this once given the long days of hard­ships on cam­pus with­out any food.

Nor­mally the tourists or guests would be ush­ered into the dance floor where they make their se­lec­tions and in­vite the vic­tims into the rooms read­ily avail­able on the premises.

By mak­ing the girls avail­able to their guests the busi­ness out­let has also at­tracted up­mar­ket clients who also bring large busi­ness on the prop­erty.

Other sources on cam­pus how­ever ad­vance the the­ory that some of the girls are not nec­es­sar­ily from a poor back­ground eco­nom­i­cally, but just love high life and mix­ing with the best of high so­ci­ety for both fi­nan­cial gain and sta­tus.

Most of them do it to boost their wardrobe and out­shine col­leagues. They also do it for prospects of find­ing em­ploy­ment where these gi­ant ‘daddy cools’ hold high po­si­tions.

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