David Gemmell Johannesburg - When looked at objectively, streetwalkers, who many now euphemistically refer to as sex-workers, the archetypal oxymoron are the original street people. Well, a few weeks ago I did try to. Although, if truth be told, a bit half-heartedly. Something I assumed they might prefer to be kept quiet. However, the minute I explained all I wanted was to interview them — in other words, no sex — they stormed off.
Well, as I again cruise around the Illovo environs, I hope no-one recognises my car when I stop to negotiate with one of the girls. David Gemmell I come across a tall and a short one, standing chatting. I pull over and hardly get the passenger window open, before the short one, all smiles, asks me how I am.
After assuring her I was in perfectly good health, I explain as briefly as I can I am not looking for sex, but want rather to chat to her — for which I will pay. Just so there is no misunderstanding. I also mention I would like to take a couple of pictures, but am happy if she wants her face hidden. She is an attractive young lady. Unsurprisingly she is dressed fairly lewdly, but is fascinatingly fresh and bubbly. She is also completely relaxed.
David Gemmell Paradoxically, I am the nervous one. As we chat she continuously makes the point there is nothing wrong with being a sex-worker and it is just like any other job. And given the numbers of sex workers, there is obviously a need for them. I ask her how she got into it. But as we chat on, it seems of course they want intercourse or some form of sex. It is what I do. David Gemmell I must admit I am surprised she enjoys the sex.
Just so long as they can remove themselves mentally from what is physically taking place. And they always pay. I ask Given if she insists on money up front. Someone who looks after you, but also who takes some of your earnings? Wrongly or rightly, Afrikaners are generally perceived as being conservative; I therefore find her little confession an interesting indictment of that perception.
Most of her clients are white, often foreigners. And the cost of an interview?