Swaziland’s King Offers Virgins $18 a Month to Save Themselves For Him

233 Live News

King Mswati IIISwaziland plans to pay girls about $18 a month for abstaining from sex, according to local reports.

The programme, reportedly approved by King Mswati III, is intended to reduce HIV transmission in a country with one of the highest HIV transmission rates in the world.

But critics claim the flamboyant ruler – who already has 15 wives – is simply trying to ensure any future brides are disease-free.

Details have to be established about how the girls will be monitored to ensure they are not having sex.

Swazi virgins usually only hit the headlines when tens of thousands of them dance topless before the king at the annual Reed Dance.

Each year the 46-year old, sub-Saharan Africa’s last absolute monarch chooses a virgin as his new wife from the ceremony.

Last month, he selected a 19-year-old to be his 15th wife.

The programme, reportedly financed by the World Bank, will offer…

View original post 146 more words

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s