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Show to find love for ex prostitutes

IDEA: Producer Master Chimbala

A REALITY TV show, which seeks to find husbands for former prostitutes, has caused controversy in Zambia.

Producers behind show, Ready For My Marriage, aim to show the “empowerment of women on a significant level” by changing the format for the popular programme, which is now in its third series.

Producer Master Chimbala said: “We felt that for Ready For My Marriage season 3, we needed to bring in that section of society”

In the show, 18 former prostitutes, recruited from the streets all over the country, stand to win a cash prize of about £5,500 and have their wedding costs covered.

The ousted girls need not fear for what the future holds for them. Muvi TV, the production company behind the show, is said to have promised all contestants consolation prizes between £600 and £900 and a full-time job to prevent them from returning to prostitution.

However, not everyone shares the producers’ enthusiasm.

According to the BBC, a viewer Humphrey Banda, is reported to have said: “Once a prostitute, always a prostitute. It is very difficult for them to just change overnight."

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