A man from Southern Malawi, Eric Aniva has revealed how parents of young girls pay him between $ 3-5 to perform the first sexual act on their daughters.
The act which is considered a sacred traditional rite called ‘sexual cleansing’ is usually performed on the adolescents over a three-day period after their first menstruation.
This ritual is always performed by a special class of men called ‘hyena’.
Sexual cleansing is said to prepare the young girls for the experience of sex in marriage which is in most cases quickly arranged after the ritual.
Aniva, a ‘hyena’ who is also HIV positive said he has slept with over 100 young girls as well as several widows, a rite required before their late husbands are buried.
The husband to about three wives and several children shockingly said we wont allow his daughters go through the sexual cleansing exercise.
According to report by Daily Mail, some of the girls submit their bodies to the horrible sex experience because it is believed that their families or even the whole village will be cursed if they refuse.
Explaining why she allowed Aniva snatch her virginity, a victim Maria told BBC that: “If I’d refused, my family members could be attacked with diseases – even death – so I was scared.”
Contrary to Maria’s claim, Aniva said “All these girls find pleasure in having me as their hyena. They actually are proud and tell other people that this man is a real man, he knows how to please a woman.’
“Some girls are just 12 or 13 years old, but I prefer them older.
‘Hyenas’ are hired by village elders to carry out ‘sexual cleansing’ in traditional kusasa fumbi initiations in several parts of southern Malawi.