No need to go out and hunt clients

Bring­ing home the ba­con now eas­ier

Sowetan - - News -

Sex worker Ler­ato be­lieves that a web­site she uses to ad­ver­tise her ser­vices af­fords her an op­por­tu­nity to trade her body while main­tain­ing a cer­tain level of dig­nity.

Ler­ato, 26, started us­ing the­ web­site in April last year on the rec­om­men­da­tion of a friend, the same one who had ear­lier in­tro­duced her to the sex in­dus­try.

“My friend said these days sex work­ers no longer have to stand on the side of the road to at­tract busi­ness,” she said.

“By us­ing the site, I’m not go­ing to be ex­posed that much. I sit at home, post ad­verts, field calls, direct cus­tomers to my house, an­swer the door and sup­ply the ser­vice. There is no need for me to go out and hunt down clients.”

Ler­ato said be­tween Mon­day and Thurs­day she re­ceives at least 10 cus­tomers which means she earns about R1 000 during the pe­riod.

“From Fri­day to Sun­day I be­come very hec­tic and net at least 15 cus­tomers.”

The sex worker, who lives about 50m from a pop­u­lar re­tail gi­ant, said she would never con­sider work­ing for the com­pany be­cause it pays peanuts. “How­ever, I’m plan­ning to leave the in­dus­try next year July. Though I make a lot of money, the job is drain­ing, ex­haust­ing and it is not fun.

“To sleep with some­one you don’t know is not nice at all,” she added.

She sends some of her earn­ings home to Lim­popo to sup­port her un­em­ployed par­ents and two sib­lings.

An­other sex worker, Noni, 34, who is from KwaZulu-Natal, came to Jo­han­nes­burg when her par­ents re­lo­cated. They have since died.

She started us­ing the site a year ago.

Noni said from Mon­day to Thurs­day she gets be­tween 18 and 24 cus­tomers.

“Be­tween Fri­day and Sun­day I get at least 21 cus­tomers,” said the sex worker, not­ing that she prefers us­ing the web­site be­cause it is free.

“I just buy data and post my pic­tures,” she added.

She said if she could se­cure a job that pays her R5 000 she would con­sider aban­don­ing the sex in­dus­try.

“I never thought of join­ing this in­dus­try un­til I fought and broke up with boyfriend who was sup­port­ing me fi­nan­cially.

“As I was des­per­ate for cash to sur­vive, I went to loan sharks and, in or­der to re­pay them, I had to find a way to earn a liv­ing.” – Mpho Sibany­oni

A Soweto sex worker ad­ver­tises her ser­vices on­line.

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