Effects on Young Women of Unequal Distribution of Wealth in Zimbabwe

A lack of economic opportunities in Zimbabwe correlates directly to the increasing number of women entering into the field of sex work. In this paper, I set out to examine what factors are creating this increase in hopes of figuring out how to combat it. I find that prior political instability, a decline in access to healthcare, and an increase of environmental degradation are the primary factors in the country’s unequal distribution of wealth. An increase in the number of women turning to sex work also reflects a drastic spike in the quantity of HIV/ AIDS cases in Zimbabwe. This is significant research because numerous young girls are having to engage in sex work because their families are not able to provide for their basic needs. This epidemic must be addressed soon as these women are falling victim to HIV/AIDS, other sex-related diseases, and even abuse relating to the sex work.