I did not get HIV." Most of the clients in this wealthy suburb are well-behaved. Rights activists say legalizing sex work would protect the workers and their clients from HIV and abuse; there are moves afoot to review the Sexual Offences Act."That is why we work here - the white men, the old black men - they are all okay. But, Lalu says, "We are still some years away." jk/he * Not their real names See: Safer sex for soccer fans and sex workers During school hours the pupils of Claireville Primary in the port city of Durban are spared the jibes and taunts of not being South African nationals, but the welcome ends when they leave the grounds.
IRIN spent a night with some of them to learn about their fears and expectations.
We get few people now." Moving out of a shadow, her friend *Nolu Mpofu interjects harshly, "They also take money from us - hundred rands [just over US] every week! "We were sleeping on the streets, I could find no work. A car from a private security firm slows down and the driver rolls down the window. "It is good to have someone - when you work on the streets there is no one to look after you." She prefers to work on the streets even if it leaves her vulnerable to abuse.
" Dlamini says, "When business is good I make R500 [around ] in a night. There is no work - so many people I know lost work last year ." Then a friend introduced her to sex work. "I have a little sister who is still in school - I have to help her." Her eyes fill with tears. Another car slows and Mpofu, who has been chatting with the security guard outside a corporate's headquarters, walks towards the car but it drives off. "When you work in a house [brothel] you have to give what you make to them." Still, there are advantages to working in a brothel. Dlamini mellows - she found love last year when one of her clients fell in love with her. He used to phone me all the time, he wanted to marry me," she says wistfully. I want to make lots of money - buy a house, a car, and when I am settled I will get married.
We wanted to do something a little different, as neither of us really conform to the norm in many aspects of our lives. And at the end of the day, our wedding was about us.
We decided to have a Star Wars theme to inject some personality into proceedings. We wanted it to be a talking point and it certainly was that.