Police in Zimbabwe have been trying to track a group of women who have been raping men at gunpoint, since last year.
Almost every week, there is a report of men being sexually abused by women in the media in Zimbabwe. The motives of these women are not known, but there is speculation that they may be doing this for ritual purposes.
Harare police boss Angeline Guvamombe said in a statement, “We appeal to members of the public to pass any information to the police regarding three women who have gone on a spree of kidnapping and indecently assaulting young men around town,” .
“The women drive in posh cars and offer their unsuspecting victims lifts before spraying some liquid substance on their faces.
“Once the victim is drowsy, he is taken to a secluded place or house where he is forced to have sex,” said Ms Guvamombe. “I want to warn these criminals that their days are numbered,” she added.
It was reported on Monday that two men were kidnapped last week and forced to have sex with women at gunpoint. In one of the incidents, a 30-year-old man was kidnapped by three women and forced to have sex with them for five days.
In some cases, the women use protection and collect the men’s sperm, leading to speculation that they were in the activity for ritual purposes.
The strange cases began sometime last year and no arrest has been made so far. At times, the women are helped by armed men. Police have said the women cannot be charged with rape because Zimbabwean law does not recognize that women can rape men. But they will be charged with indecent assault, which carries a lesser sentence.