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Speaking to the press in the city yesterday, BWO director Zangina Zangina said people in most parts of the country had access to obscene content on the Internet, something which he claimed “it stimulates homosexuality and lesbianism.”

“In order to control people using the Internet to access pornographic materials, BWO asks the Tanzania Communication Regulatory Authority to block access to more than 40,000 pornographic websites,” said Zangina.

Zangina added that plans were afoot to conduct a seminar, which will be hosted by his lobby group in the city on 27 this month to encourage girls to protect their virginity until they get married.

He said there was a growing tendency in the society of dishonest men deceiving girls that if they don’t engage in marital affairs before marriage, they would become crazy.

According to Zangina, BWO also deals with collection and destruction of illegal drugs, guns, and pornographic DVDs. Other activities are building confidence in innocent virgins and fighting against homosexual and lesbianism.
Pornographic DVDs are being highly circulated, even some children had access to them, as they are available in streets, added Zangina.

Sex workers denting war on Aids

Many sex workers and their customers are still ignoring the use of condoms despite the increased HIV/Aids awareness campaigns It sounds amazing, but it is the fact, as the recent findings reveal. Perhaps this could be one of the reasons for the persistent high infection rate of the pandemic disease. According to the National Statistics of 2007/2008, the new infection rate was at 6.5 per cent.The countrywide figures show that urban areas lead in new infections with 8.7 per cent, with Dar es Salaam Region ranked high at 10 per cent followed by Iringa Region. For sex workers and their customers, the new infection rate was at 7 per cent, according to the USAID report of the year 2009.

But, Voluntary Centres (VCT) show that the infection rate for the group is 9.74 per cent for Dar es Salaam.
The survey conducted by the  WHO/UNAIDS in the year 2002 indicates that infections to sex customers in Dar es Salaam increased from 29 per cent in 1983 to 50 per cent in 1993. Despite such situation, a report by the Tanzania Commission for Aids (TACAIDS), shows that it is only 40 per cent of sex workers who use condoms. The situation pushed the reporter to look for sex workers around the city in seeking their response over the use of protection in their business.

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