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Harare Sex Workers Embrace Technology

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By Staff Reporter

As is the norm, sex workers usually meet clients in bars and on dark street corners at night in town, however given the strict Covid-19 regulations in place they have had to improvise so as to remain in ‘business.’

The recent review of lockdown measures by Government, did not do much to change their situation as night clubs remained closed.

Since most sex workers work at night, the dusk to dawn curfew meant their ‘offices’ are out of reach.

To ensure they stay in business, some sex workers have resorted to using social media platforms to advertise their services and meet clients.

Speaking to SlyMediaNews, sex workers said challenges that came with the lockdown included lack of clients which was biggest test they had to contend with.

A sex worker identified as Rudo said, “As sex workers our incomes disappeared overnight when Government put in place lockdown measures as a way of curbing the spread of Covid-19.”

“We are in a desperate situation as we need money to pay rent and buy food.”

To remain relevant, Rudo said they were now working from home using social media platforms to make appointments with their clients.

“The lockdown regulations meant we had to be innovative and we opted to using technology to meet our clients,” said Rudo.

“I am now meeting with my regular clients via WhatsApp and Facebook.

“It is easy for those who drive as they just come to my house and if they are not comfortable being serviced indoors, we just go to a bushy area close to my suburb to make love in the car.”

Sex workers have switched to online services, offering their clients video calls, erotic photographs, and videos instead.

Another sex worker identified as Martha said it was difficult for her to adapt to the changes of using social media platforms to ‘market’ her services.

“Instead of meeting clients at night, it now makes sense to invite them during the day but it is difficult for those who are married as they do not want to be seen sneaking into our houses,” she said.

“For appointments with clients, I use WhatsApp, but it is not easy as some clients ignore me as they suspect that they are being trapped.”

 

Robert Tapfumaneyi

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