WEIGHT: 51 kg
Services: Oral, Trampling, Striptease pro, Domination (giving), Pole Dancing
Zohra Mohamed Teke spent some time getting to know some of the elusive prostitutes who work underground in Durban. These are their stories, told for the first time. Michell, a year-old transgender: I was born in the Eastern Cape and grew up as a boy, but I felt different. I gradually started becoming gay and at 18 I left home to study communication science at UCT.
By then I was openly gay with feminine ways. After two years of studying I ran out of funds and started waitressing but could not save enough money to go back to university.
I left for Durban thinking it would be easier here, but boy, was I wrong! I met other transgenders and saw they were living quite a good lifestyle from doing sex work. I eventually became so desperate as I ran out of money and decided to give sex work a go because I needed to survive and could no longer live with my friend for free. My first time was with a white guy, a friend of a friend who met me at a club. He asked me to go to his place and I was terrified. But he offered me more money and we went to his house where we started the evening drinking.
I drank a lot because I could not handle the thought of what I was doing. It was nerve racking. After we had sex and he paid me, I felt relieved because just having some money took away the stress to pay bills and so on. From then it became easier. I am now able to rent my own place, advertise my services discreetly and earn around R2 a week.
They pick us up, demand a bribe or sex, keep us overnight in a cell and then let us go. I am humiliated and mocked in front of everyone. I have other plans for my future. I want to get my passport, finish my degree and work in a corporate environment in South Africa or elsewhere if the environment is not welcoming of me as a transgender. My message to society is not to judge us. We all have dreams.