Mamelodi magoshas are running winter promotion that has seen them dropping charges for their services while a plate of pap is also enough to be entertained by any of the young sex workers found at business centres, most of whom are teenage school dropouts in the Mamelodi area.
Commercial sex workers at Mamelodi township who agreed to speak to a source said business had sunk to new lows hence the decision to offer themselves to anyone with any few rands to spare.
They said they had no choice as they, more often than not, fail to attract customers who would be ready to pay the normal rates (R50-R70).
“If you find someone who buys you pap, you have to thank your stars for giving you a good fortune,” said one commercial sex worker who asked that she not be named.
She also revealed that up to five commercial sex workers share a single room at the growth point and pay R200 per head/month each.
Mamelodi is in deep throes of poverty due to unemployment. Older commercial sex workers said an influx of young ‘fresh’ school dropouts had led to the deterioration of their own fortunes since clients tend to opt for the younger ones.
Other Soshanguve residents said they were worried as the influx of sex workers posed increased danger of sexually transmitted infections.
In 2016, there were reports that sex workers were looking beyond their catchment area and drawing clients from Pretoria, the closest business area.