A Malawi court has denied bail to 45-year-old man, Eric Aniva, who is HIV-positive and facing charges of having sex with more than 100 adolescent girls, reports AFP news agency.
Aniva appeared before a packed courtroom without a lawyer, because he could not afford one, AFP adds.
He could be jailed for life if found guilty of underage sex.
Mr Aniva was arrested last month on the president’s orders, after he revealed to the BBC that families paid him between $4 and $7 to have sex with their children.
The BBC’s Ed Butler says in some remote southern regions of the country it is traditional for girls to be made to have sex with a man known as a hyena after their first period.
Mr Aniva’s trial will resume on 15 August.