23/03/2012 06:30 GMT | Updated 23/05/2012 06:12 BST

Zimbabwe 'Sperm Hunters' Prowl Highways Looking For Hitchhikers

Gangs of beautiful women are reportedly patrolling the highways of Zimbabwe, picking up male travellers to have sex with in order to harvest their sperm.

According to local media reports, hitchhikers have reported being drugged, threatened with knives and even live snakes before they are forced into sex and then dumped by the roadside.

The sperm is apparently then used in good luck "ju-ju" rituals.

In November, three sisters and one of their boyfriends were charged with attacking male hitchhikers and harvesting their sperm for rituals, Today Online reported.

The Nhokwara sisters were caught when they had a car accident and police found 30 used condoms in their car boot. They face 17 counts of aggravated indecent assault in a country where a woman raping a man is not considered a criminal offence.

The trio told a Harare court they are merely hard-working prostitutes.

One woman told AFP how she had recently pulled over to pick up a group of male hitchhikers who refused to get into her car for fear of being raped.

Susan Dhliwayo, 19, said: “Now men fear women. They said: ‘We can’t go with you because we don’t trust you’.”

National police spokesman Wayne Bvudzijena told Zimbabwe Times Live there was not yet an exact number of confirmed cases, but warned male travellers to be vigilant.

He added: "These cases occurred mostly when the victims were hitchhiking and boarded private vehicles. We encourage people to use public transport."