Prostitution on the rise in Kokstad

2015-05-15 06:00
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A ‘lady of the night’ in Groom Street.

PHOTOS: ntuntu dweba A ‘lady of the night’ in Groom Street.

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FOR the past week a Kokstad businessman, who did not want to be named, has had to sweep used and unused condoms off his premises in Groom Street and is now fed up.

The business is opposite a corner known to be a hot spot for the “ladies of the night”.

“The lights at my garage have not been on for a week and these ladies, who stand on the corner with their customers, see it as an opportunity to use the corner for their activities.

“It is really irritating because they have no right to do what they are doing, especially on someone’s property. They are not supposed to be there in the first place.”

Prostitution, which is illegal in South Africa, is growing rapidly in Kokstad and ladies in the trade are getting younger.

The situation has compelled the local health department to have a mobile clinic at the truck stop, which has been operating for many years, but now sex workers have moved from the truck stop to the corner of Groom and Hawthorne streets.

The young women, wearing short dresses or shorts and stockings, usually stand at the traffic lights in Groom Street. They call and try to entice male motorists for their trade.

“What is shocking is the level of impunity they are doing this at. I mean you can now find them standing at the traffic light as early as 6.30am, really something must be done about these people,” another businessman said.

Most of the sex workers come from Matatiele, Mt Ayliff and Umzimkhulu.

The high level of unemployment, especially among the youth, apparently contributes to the increasing number of people who sell their bodies.

The unemployment rate was estimated at 24.3% at the beginning of this year.

Kokstad SAPS spokesperson Lieutenant Dumisani Ncongo was unavailable for comment at the time of going to press

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