TALL tales are peddled that se_x workers dabble in the occult and depend on traditional medicine popularly known as juju or muti to attract clientele. This has, however, been rubbished as not true by the ladies of the night, who said the job is more like a game of chance.
NewsDay correspondent, Sharon Sibindi (SE) caught up with Barbra Moyo (BM), who spoke about her adventures and experiences in se_x work. Below are excerpts of the interview:
SE: Who is Barbara Moyo?
BM: I am a female aged 41 and a proud se_x worker.
SE: When did you start being a se_x worker?
BM: I started se_x work in 1998 and have been one for 20 years.
SE: What challenges have you faced and how do you manage the challenges?
BM: The challenges I face in se_x work include police brutality, abuse by clients and other forms of violence. I have managed these through being a se_x workers’ activist and am now empowered with knowledge. I also have more information on human rights issues.
SE: What led you to become a se_x worker?
BM: I was orphaned at an early age and I needed a way to make ends meet. Things were tough and I needed also to take care of my siblings since I was the first-born child and had no source of income. Then I decided to become a se_x worker.
SE: How is the family taking it? How many children do you have?
BM: My family does not know that I am a se_x worker. I have four children that I take care of through my work.
SE: Does the community respect or accept you?
BM: Only the se_x worker community knows that I am in this profession and they appreciate me and my work. Somehow, I am a role model to them. I earned their respect by always being there for them at all times.
SE: What is the difference between a se_x worker and a pr0stitute?
BM: A se_x worker is someone who sells se_x in exchange of money, goods or services, while pr0stitution is just sIeeping around with different men and getting nothing in return.
SE: What happens when you get a client who comes with a lot of money and decides to have unprotected se_x?
BM: I do not agree to have unprotected se_x no matter how much money the client has.
SE: How far true is that se_x workers use juju or muti to attract men?
BM: This is not true. We do not use juju. It’s more like a game of chance; you can go home with loads of cash or nothing at all.
SE: Don’t you guys fight over clients?
BM: Yes, we do fight at times if the client pays well.
SE: Your parting shot?
BM: Be true to your work and never be taken for granted because you are a se_x worker. Se_x work is a profession just like any other. For me to be where I am with my children and siblings it is because of se_x work. My children are in university because I work hard for them. So it is good to always believe in yourself.