Sex worker tells of futile life

2015-07-02 06:00

WE all turn heads when we see them on the street. We sometimes judge them without knowing what motivated them to end up on the street.

To close Youth Month, Echo spoke to a 22-year-old sex worker, “Snenhlanhla Sithole”, who “works” in Prince Alfred Street.

Sithole said that as a young girl she had dreams. All that disappeared when she was introduced to rock cocaine by her now ex-boyfriend.

“My family didn’t do anything to me. I would be lying if I said they motivated my behaviour. I engaged myself to drugs and it is not easy to get out now. I have a family and my mother doesn’t know that I sell my body for drugs.

“In order for me to feed my cravings I have no choice but to sell my body. I’m ashamed of myself. I had a dream of becoming a nurse. That faded when I started smoking drugs last year. I became dependant on the drug and a day without smoking will see me in the mortuary. I will die.”

Sithole visited her home and her mother doesn’t suspect anything.

“I visit my home in Hammarsdale and my family is clueless about the life I am living on this side. We also face challenges on the street like any other workers. Sometimes we meet with clients who sleep with you and then refuse to pay afterwards. We have nowhere to go to report these incidents because prostitution is illegal.

“I am not proud of what I’m doing and if given the chance to go to rehab, I would grab that opportunity with both hands.

“My family haven’t done anything bad to me. I took drugs on my own will and left school in early grade. I would like to make amends as a young person,” she said.

SAPS provincial spokesperson Mthoko Ngobese said police have a weekly operation that deals with prostitution.

“We are working with the Department of Social Development and Social Crime in a police operation to deal with prostitution in town and in that area. It is not easy to arrest them unless they are caught in the act. The role of social development is to reunite them with their family and provide counselling,” said Ngobese

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