Zimbabwe Hotels Accused Of Filming Guest Sex, Posting It Online
Some holiday lodges and hotels in Zimbabwe are being rigged with
recording equipment to secretly record guests having sex – with the resulting
video ending up online.
That's the unsavoury accusation being made by a former employee at a
lodge in Bulawayo. The claims surfaced first on local site My Zimbabwe and were
then aired more extensively in Britain's Daily Mirror.
According to the unnamed informant, the practice happens in the capital,
Harare, as well as in Bulawayo lodges and hotels.
Nigerian businessmen behind the racket are reportedly willing to pay the
equivalent of about $1300 for a week of recorded output, featuring unsuspecting
guests having sex in what they believe to be the privacy of their hotel rooms.
Those being filmed are probably not tourists. Some cheap hotels let
rooms at bargain rates to locals who hire them for romps with sex workers.
Zimbabwe's moribund economy provides fertile
ground for such scams. The local currency hit such stratospheric inflation that
it was scrapped, with US dollars or South African rand now being used instead.
In January 2009, the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe permitted the use of
foreign currency in response to an economic decline that caused inflation
levels of 5 billion percent.
On 15JUNE, the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe took the final step in the
process of eliminating the country's troubled sovereign currency. Zimbabwe
dollars are being decommissioned at a rate of 35 quadrillion per US dollar (that's
ZWD 35,000,000,000,000,000 for USD 1).