3 Women in Zimbabwe Arrested Over Sex Attacks

Police have arrested three women believed to be behind a series of sexual assault perpetrated against male hitchhikers in Zimbabwe.

Charged with 17 counts of aggravated indecent assault were sisters Sophie and Netsai Nhokwara, and Rosemary Chakwizira, who are all in their 20s. The arrests were carried out last weekend when the women figured in a car accident in the town of Gweru, nearly 300 kilometers south of the capital Harare. Found inside the women’s car were 33 used condoms with semen still in them.

After the suspects were brought to Harare, alleged victims came to the station and positively identified the women as the ones who sexually assaulted them. “Most of the men said the women would offer a drink either laced with something to tranquilize them or were forced at gunpoint,” a police officer said, according to CNN. The suspects were officially charged on Friday and will next appear in court on October 28. Police said they expect more victims to come forward until then.

A University of Zimbabwe professor, Watch Ruparanganda, said the women may have kept the semen for ritual purposes. “Some sections of the society use these sperm for ritual purposes. The thinking is that it can be used for regeneration of life since they are source of life (biologically). Some people think that they can have their bad luck gone by using semen. I am sure that explains all this we have been witnessing (men being forced),” Ruparanganda said.