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Zimbabwean vendors fight rumors of teen trafficking



Vendors in and around a Zimbabwe shopping center have been wearing sandals all week to challenge rumors that they are involved in the alleged trafficking of human toes for witchcraft, one of them said on Saturday.

The gossip seems to be starting after a social media post on Monday claimed that toes could be sold for $ 20,000 to $ 40,000 depending on size, accusing a government of “not being able to create jobs” for generating the intended company.

People began to whisper that vendors near the Ximex Mall in Harare were wearing closed shoes to disguise the fact that they had joined.

The whole week “we have come here with open shoes to prove the point that we are not doing witchcraft here,” Tafadzwa Murengwa told AFP in the parking lot outside the shopping center, speaking on behalf of the dealers.

“It’s a hoax. People were just kidding on social media,” the 29-year-old said.

“If there was such a thing, the way people suffer, would we not all do it?”

Unverified videos have been circulating since the beginning of the week, eating away at the rumors.

In one it can be seen that a man has cut off his toe and is asked to hear the keys to the four-wheel drive that was promised to him as payment.

In another, a man hopped into a pickup truck with a connection to his left foot, mumbling about not needing his toes now that he has a car.

The accusations come from an old belief that a traditional healer can help someone find wealth when they sacrifice a toe.

They have joked that people who drive fancy cars may have become rich through the “crypto” trade.

Zimbabwe’s newspaper The Herald reported this week that it had found a seller who said it was part of the deal. But he withdrew his statement the next day, saying he was drunk and did not know he was being picked up.

Zimbabwe’s deputy information minister, Kindness Paradza, has also rejected the hearsay after visiting the mall on Thursday.

“There is no such thing happening here,” he told national broadcaster ZBC.

Zimbabwean vendors fight rumors of teen trafficking

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