VENTURES AFRICA – Sex workers in Zimbabwe have decided to be creative when it comes to making sure their monetary gains from the dark streets are protected, it has emerged. It is understood that they now use the popular mobile money services to get their fees using their cell-phones and smartphones.
According to Fin24Tech, they do this while also using instant messaging apps to popularise their operations. “There are regular clients who have no problem paying in advance or just before they come for services,” Fin24Tech quoted one sex worker as having said.
The ladies of the night – as they are affectionately called in Johannesburg’s downtown Hillbrow – populate the dark streets of Harare’s Avenue section right on the fringes of the capital’s CBD.
According to Fin24Tech, another lady of the night had urged potential customers to engage her in discussions only after paying $5 into her mobile money account. “Some clients would pay before you offer them sexual services and then after we finish they violently demand their money back,” Fin24Tech quoted a certain online publication as having reported.
“So I now request my clients to pay via EcoCash or Telecash before I offer them services,” it added.
Talent Jumo, the director for Katswe Sisterhood, a Zimbabwean group advocating for the rights of s3x workers in Zimbabwe, is reported to have said that s3x workers have now become creative. “We want to be careful that it is not something that contravenes communication laws,” Jumo told the NewZimbabwe.com. “They can also use social media to notify those who can fight for their rights when they encounter violence or other problems.”