Web­site boosts Soweto sex work­ers

Un­em­ploy­ment cited as one of the rea­sons for sell­ing their bod­ies

Sowetan - - Front Page - By Mpho Sibany­oni Lesego Tl­h­wale

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]

SEX WORKER ED­U­CA­TION SPOKES­WOMAN

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.”

/ KA­BELO MOKOENA

Soweto sex work­ers charge from R100 up to R700 for a night.

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