According to reports, some sex workers have increasingly using bread packets as contraception due to the rising cost of condoms and other necessities.
They have resorted to using bread wrappers as a substitute, according to a 21-year-old Mutare call girl who began sex work at 16.
In an interview with Manica Post, a medical practitioner, Dr Tendai Zuze, confirmed the claim.
Bread packets are not robust enough to survive friction during sex, according to him, and can easily break, exposing the user to sexually transmitted infections or pregnancy.
Another local news outlet, iHarare, reported that some sex workers are now accepting buckets of maize and cups of beans as payment from clients.