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Malawi police arrest HIV-infected man – known as the 'hyena' – who was paid to take more than 100 girls' virginity as part of sexual cleansing ritual
  • Eric Aniva claims he has had sex with more than 100 adolescent girls
  • He said he was paid between $4 and $7 by the girls' families for his service
  • Aniva admitted he continued his 'cleansing' service despite having HIV
  • He faces life in prison after admitting having sex with girls as young as 12

Paid to take girls' virginity as part of sexual cleansing
Eric Aniva is paid from £3 to £5 to have sex with girls once they reach puberty in southern Malawi

Malawi police have arrested an HIV-infected man who was paid to have sex with more than 100 adolescent girls as part of a traditional ritual marking their passage to womanhood, officials said Tuesday.
Eric Aniva, from the southern district of Nsanje, was held after giving a media interview confessing to have slept with the girls for a fee of between four and seven dollars, paid by each of their families.
The little-known local practice lasts three days and is performed in southern Malawi by men known as 'hyenas' at the request of a girl's parents after her first menstruation.

Paid to take girls' virginity as part of sexual cleansing
Malawi's President Peter Mutharika, pictured, ordered the arrest of a man, who described himself as a hyena, and was paid by families to have sex with adolescent girls to help them transition into adulthood

When Grace learned she'd be going to a camp with her friends, she was thrilled. Every girl around her age in her southern Malawi village would attend the rite of passage, known as an initiation camp. They counted down to what seemed like summer camp.
"We were happy, because we didn't know what was there," she said.
When she got there, the messages she heard stunned her.
"You should sleep with a man and get rid of child 'dust.' If you don't do it, your body will get diseased."
A demonstration involved one girl lying down, with one of the older women on top.
"You should be dancing and have a man on top of you, making him happy," she was told.
At age 10, Grace was being taught how to have sex.

Paid to take girls' virginity as part of sexual cleansing
He is hired by village elders to carry out 'sexual cleansing' in traditional kusasa fumbi initiations

Paid to take girls' virginity as part of sexual cleansing
Aniva claims to have had sex with over 100 girls and women since he started working as a 'hyena' in 1985

The ritual is believed to train girls to become good wives and to protect them from disease or misfortune that could fall on their families or their village.
District Commissioner Gift Lapozo said: 'Aniva was arrested on Monday after he was summoned to my office.'

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In a BBC interview broadcast last week, Aniva confessed to being infected with HIV and sleeping with at least 100 girls without using protection.
'Some girls are just 12 or 13 years old, but I prefer them older,' he 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.'
It was unclear over how many years Aniva had been a 'hyena'.
Malawian President Peter Mutharika had earlier issued a statement ordering Aniva's arrest and calling for an inquiry into the role of the parents involved.
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Paid to take girls' virginity as part of sexual cleansing
The 'sexual cleansing' practice is still carried out in southern Malawi despite attempts to end it

Aniva should 'be investigated for exposing the young girls to contracting HIV and further be charged accordingly,' Mutharika added.
'Harmful cultural and traditional practices cannot be accepted.'
The sexual cleansing ritual is also performed on bereaved widows in Nsanje district to exorcise villages of evil spirits or to prevent another death occurring.
Aniva, who has two wives and was reported to be in his 40s, said a 'hyena' was selected by the community based on good morals and that custom did not allow him to use condoms.
One girl told the BBC: 'There was nothing else I could have done.



'I had to do it for the sake of my parents. If I'd refused, my family members could be attacked with diseases -- even death -- so I was scared.'
Malawi, which has one of the highest HIV infections in the world, criminalises sex with a person under the age of 16.
If found guilty of underage sex, Aniva could be imprisoned for life.



By DARREN BOYLE FOR MAILONLINE PUBLISHED: 15:46, 26 July 2016 |

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