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Some of the full-time prostitutes visit hotels, bars and nightclubs looking for wealthy clients, especially French men.
They are known as "pupulenge" (dragonflies) or "gba moundjou" (look at the white).
The god Amun indulged in sexual activity with many women under a religious guise.
Families often gave their most beautiful daughters to the priests of his temple.
In some countries where prostitution is illegal, the law is rarely enforced.
Transactional sexual relationships are particularly common in sub-Saharan Africa, where they often involve relationships between older men and younger women or girls.
There are also sex workers from other sub-Saharan African countries such as Ghana, Liberia and Sierra Leone.
Desperate to flee the poverty of their countries, they have often been trafficked to Libya with the promise of a job in Italy.
In 1992, prostitution in Mozambique had reached such proportions that the post of mediator was created between the military on the one hand and pimps and prostitutes on the other.
Those who work in the poorer neighbourhoods are known as "kata".
During the colonial era and the years that followed independence, the Ministry of Health issued calling cards identifying professional sex workers and provided them with medical health checks. Public order laws are sometimes used against sex workers.
The problem of prostitution in Mozambique came under international discussion for the first time in the mid 1990s, when the deputy head of the UN mission Behrouz Sadri accused UN peacekeepers of buying sex from underage prostitutes.
Juba has a large percentage of foreign residents including aid workers and UN personnel.