Website boosts Soweto sex workers
Unemployment cited as one of the reasons for selling their bodies
Sex workers in Soweto have upped their game by using a website to sell their services.
Unlike their kerbside counterparts, the ladies and gentlemen of the night market their services by posting their butts, naked pictures and tools of their trade on free classified website www.adsafrica.co.za
Although the website is also used by sex workers elsewhere in South Africa, the Soweto sex traders have hailed it for increasing the number of clients. Those who spoke to Sowetan said the number of clients has shot up by more than 100% a week since they started advertising on the site.
According to the website, they charge R100 for a 15-minute romp, R150 for 30 minutes, R250 for an hour and R700 for a night of passion.
Some of the sex workers know each other and do not regard themselves as rivals.
Most cited the high unemployment rate as a reason for heading into the sex trade. Sowetan also found that they use fake names, have dedicated telephone numbers for their work and they operate from units they rent.
Messages like “no rush no fusses”, “come offload with just R100”, “I’m your tall; slender; fit and firm girl with
Sex workers use several platforms to market their business, and online/internet sex work is one of the platforms they chose even though sex work is illegal [in South Africa]
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portable a**”, “yellow bone diva at Moroka North”, “come join in my bed” and “your wish is my command” are used to attract customers.
All the women Sowetan interviewed emphasise that they use condoms and do not do house calls as they regard these as life threatening. They said they rent a house for not longer than a year, before moving into another township.
Sex Worker Education and Advocacy Taskforce spokeswoman Lesego Tlhwale said: “Sex workers use several platforms to market their business, and online/internet sex work is one of the platforms they chose, even though sex work is illegal [in South Africa]. So what needs to happen is [for] government to decriminalise sex work and make it safe for everyone working on the street, brothel or internet.”
Soweto sex workers charge from R100 up to R700 for a night.