Stories: Sex Workers

  • South Africa’s plan to tackle HIV among sex workers

    Johannesburg, South Africa - In the shadow of an underpass, wearing a black bob wig, Tlaleng paces along her patch of Nugget Street, scanning the downtown Johannesburg traffic. Behind her, other women lead clients behind the crumbling walls of a gutted building in the brisk morning light. But Tlaleng, a boiled egg in one palm, is distracted, her eyes roaming...

  • In South Africa, HIV Prevention Starts With Sex Workers

    A condom or a coffin. That is the real choice a woman faces when she decides between a man paying 40 to 400 South African rand (around $3 to $30) for sex while wearing a condom, and one paying 1,000 to 1,500 rand (around $75 to $110) for unprotected sex, explains sex worker Emily. In the city of Durban, where 53 percent of sex workers have HIV, peer...

  • Mozambique sex workers learn to put life before money as HIV rates increase

    Wearing a tight red dress, a sex worker walks across the petrol station forecourt to talk to a driver in an idling long-haul truck. But they’re not negotiating a price; she is educating the man about the benefits of protected sex. “If they won’t wear a condom, I just walk away,” says Julia, 20, who...

  • Sex Workers Are Excited for the World Cup Because They Think It Will Make Them Rich

    Gabriela Jancart came to Recife five years ago from the nearby, rural town of Palmares in search of work to support her mother. Her high-school education might have landed her a job in a shop or hotel, if not for one problem: Jancart is transsexual, and she faces prejudice almost everywhere she goes. “Some people throw rocks and...