he deadly Coronavirus’ deadly effect is being felt by ladies of the night all over South Africa. The thigh vendors are now complaining about the decline in business since the first case was reported in South Africa. The once-booming industry has suffered a downturn as customers are avoiding contact with the ladies of the night.
Even popular nightspots are starting to feel the heat because of fear of the deadly virus.
Popular spots such as The Summit Club in Hillbrow, Joburg, known far and wide for the top-notch adult entertainment offered by its strippers, have also been affected.
A 37-year-old staff member at the club said: “The number of clients who are coming is dropping because people don’t want to be around other people. They fear the virus.”
Meanwhile, the thigh vendors on the streets said business was really bad.
“There are no customers. We’re suffering,” said a Magosha (36) who works in Boksburg in Ekurhuleni.
She said customers tell them they are afraid of getting infected.
“I even dropped the prices from the usual R70 to R30, but they still don’t come.
“I started doing this about 10 years ago, and I’ve been feeding my family. But they’re starving.”
She said she hopes that the virus would go away quickly so things could get back to normal.
Another Magosha in Boksburg said she was thinking of looking for a 9-to-5 job.
“The cars usually stop but simply drive past as if they don’t know us,” she said.
“I’m studying. I want to better my life. My parents died in a car accident and I pay for myself. I have no one to support me.”
She said now that there was the coronavirus, there was no money for college.
“I don’t know what to do,” said the 22-year-old.
A 40-year-old regular visitor to the Magoshas said he won’t use their services until the problem was gone.
“I can’t risk it. With other viruses, you can protect yourself. This one gets to you just by inhaling it or being in contact with a person who has it. I’d rather be sex-starved than regret it.”