No need to go out and hunt clients
Bringing home the bacon now easier
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 www.adsafrica.co.za 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.