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Last March Janet not her real name took a hard look at her prospects and made a drastic decision. Equipped with little more than a friend's phoneshe ed the growing of Zimbabweans who cross illegally into South Africa every day, looking for a better life. She felt she knew all about living in South Africa because a friend came home regularly from Johannesburg with gifts for everyone and stories of how well she was doing, and had suggested Janet her.
Her friend seemed surprised when Janet called to say she had arrived. She said she could not meet her, but directed Janet to a hotel in the city where she could get a job. The hotel's bar was populated by women in skimpy clothing, but Janet did not immediately grasp the situation. According to Khopotso Nakin, director of the New Life Centre for Girls, an NGO, Janet's story is far from unusual: of the estimated 10, commercial sex workers in Hillbrow, a rough inner-city neighbourhood where many hotels double as brothels, rewardstyle conference percent come from other parts of Africa.
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Without legal documents, and far from their homes in Zimbabwe, Zambia, Mozambique, Lesotho and elsewhere, newly arrived female migrants are often forced into sex work simply because they lack alternatives. Typically, the women have had few educational opportunities and many dropped out of school. Even with the necessary documents, their chances of finding other work are slim. Funding from South Africa's Department of Health enabled her to set up the centre last year to provide free chat lines trial with more options.
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Nakin and her co-workers regularly visit hotels where talking dirty texts workers operate and invite the women to come to the centre in the adjacent suburb of Berea for free skills training. Janet started visiting the centre in June She had been able to send some money home to her parents and five siblings in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe's second city, but lived in fear that her family would discover how night exchange san francisco had earned it.
She had stayed away from the drugs that keep many women locked into prostitution and moved out of the hotel in July, and started working at the centre as a peer educator five months later.
Janet and 10 other former sex workers now visit the hotels to talk to the women about opportunities at the centre, hand out condoms and encourage them to go to the nearby Esselen Street Clinic naughty hartlepool chat HIV counselling and testing. Still, Janet has no plans to return to sex work or to Zimbabwe. Non-South Africans have difficulty accessing health services, but a programme started by the Reproductive Health Research Unit RHRUa privately funded organisation attached to the University of the Sex chat merton pa, run by the Esselen Street Clinic, offers free counselling and testing services to sex workers regardless of their citizenship.
In an attempt to reach women distrustful of public clinics, or sleeping when the facility is usually open, a mobile clinic takes sexually transmitted infection Linkoping sex chat site treatment services and AIDS education to 15 hotels in the area.
Janet has not been tested for HIV since she came to South Africa, but says she always insisted tor chat rooms clients use a condom and made a deliberate decision not to have boyfriends. Tiisetso Motloung, who he the RHRU's sex worker outreach programme, confirms that sex workers most often lapse in using condoms with their boyfriends rather than their clients, putting themselves at risk. It is being built for her by Rede Came, a local NGO formed to help people overcome the trauma of trafficking and sexual abuse.
When the electricity is connected, Sonia will be able to use her home as a base for her small business.
Sonia, 34, has come a long way. Three years ago she was unemployed and jumped at the chance of a job as a asian date chat worker in neighbouring South Africa, working for a friend of her sister's. She was taken by bus to Johannesburg, South Africa's commercial capital, and sex cam chat sites working, as planned, with her sister's acquaintance, a Mozambican woman with an year-old son.
But she was not paid what had been promised, and eventually she ran away, even though she did not have a passport and was in the country illegally.
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To make end meet, Sonia ed a group of sex workers. Without official papers she was extremely vulnerable, and when she was raped by four men, was too afraid to go to the police. The women are fearful of coming to old school chat clinic for testing, says Motloung, but of those who do, a staggering 80 percent test positive.
Despite the enormous health risks, many women migrate to Johannesburg and knowingly enter the sex industry as a survival strategy. Last week, Sarah not her real name25, a single mother, was at home in Zambia, helping to bury her naked free chat sister. This week she was sitting on the edge of a bed in a slightly grubby Hillbrow hotel room looking uncomfortable in tight trousers and a top that left her midriff bare.
Given the choice, Sarah would have become a nurse, but her father's death when she was 15 forced her to drop out of school. Her mother died a few years later, and last year her husband passed away. A visiting friend urged Sarah to try sex work in Johannesburg and Sarah agreed.
She told her family she had found a job in a restaurant and left her eight-year-old son talk anonymously to strangers the care of her two younger sisters.
She describes herself as "a quiet person" who did not frequent bars and would never approach a man before coming to South Africa. Lured to South Africa by false promises of well-paid employment, education opportunities or marriage, the victims of human traffickers are then coerced into prostitution or other forms of bonded labour.
While it's impossible to know precisely how many have been forced into South Africa's sex industry, the IOM estimates that approximately 1, women from Mozambique alone are trafficked into South Africa every year. Working her way around one of the hotel bars on a Monday morning, Nakin pauses to chat to each of the young women perched ocd chatrooms high stools, waiting for business. Some are friendly and willingly take her leaflet about the centre, with a second leaflet from the IOM placed discreetly beneath it; others are frightened and distrustful, and refuse to talk.
According to Nakin, these are the women most likely to be in need of help. Many of the men sitting around hot free computer chat rooms stafford connecticut bar nursing beers, watching soccer on TV or flirting with the women are customers but, says Nakin, others are pimps and minders who watch their every move. In the last year, the IOM free online webcam chat room helped more than victims of trafficking to return home, or provided skills training and counselling to those who chose villaviciosa oap sex chat stay in South Africa.
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