This HIV-infected man in his 40s has told how he makes a living by being paid to have sex with children.
Eric Aniva, who would not reveal his exact age, lives in the Nsanje district of southern Malawi where he works a sex worker.
There, young women are regularly “cleansed” by having sex with a hyena, sometimes as punishment for an offence such as having an abortion.
A hyena’s main duty is overseeing a coming-of-age ritual, where girls take part in sex over a three-day period after their first menstruation.
Mr Aniva, speaking to the BBC, said: “Most of those I have slept with are girls, school-going girls.
“Some girls are just 12 or 13 years old, but I prefer them older. All these girls find pleasure in having me as their hyena.
“They actually are proud and tell other people that this man is a real man, he knows how to please a woman.”
And village elders, who are responsible for organising the “cleansing”, insist that they are necessary to “avoid infection with their parents or the rest of the community”.