File picture: A sex worker from Zhombe was bitten by a snake while servicing a client in the bush.

The unnamed woman is recovering in hospital.

Bush sex is common in the rural areas where lodges are few and unaffordable for the majority.

Zimbabwe has a number of venomous snakes and snake bites are also fairly common in farming communities and rural areas with deaths running into two digits annually.

The unfortunate incident occurred at Joel Shopping Centre when the sex worker had taken her client to a nearby bush for a quickie.

The lady, whose name could not be ascertained, is admitted at Zhombe Mission Hospital where she is said to be in a stable condition.

Chief Weight Ndabezinhle Gwesela confirmed the incident.

“It is true there was a woman who was bitten by a snake while having sex with her boyfriend in the bush. I heard the reports and I am told she is now recovering at the hospital,” said Chief Gwesela.

This comes amid reports of an increase in girls turning to sex work in the area amid climate change-induced hunger.

Chief Gwesela recently said financial difficulties in the wake of poor harvests over the last farming season, have resulted in many girls in Zhombe resorting to sex work and early marriages.