Innovative sex workers, who are struggling to make a living during the Covid-19 pandemic, are turning to the internet to make money.
A Cape Town sex worker, who did not want to be named, now uses the OnlyFans website, reports the Weekend Argus.
“The initial start of lockdown resulted in sex workers not being able to go out and make a living. Most of the work is done at night and with the curfew, I had to find another way to generate revenue,” he said.
During the day he is a freelance creative who does styling and documents queer lives through photography, and is an advocate for sex workers’ rights.
“Getting a student salary is not enough and, being a millennial, you need more money,” said the 23-year-old queer.
His colourful online persona started when he signed up to an online escorting website called rent.men last year.
“For my first client I made R2 000 in an hour. I just had to sit and not do anything,” he added.
But someone piemped him at work and he was fired.
Then he started to use the OnlyFans website, posting video teasers on Twitter.
His subscribers, who pay R75 a month, live in places from Cape Town to New Zealand and consist mainly of middle-aged and older white men.
“I post porn, because these are all the things that I would be doing with a client in person, but just online.
“People tip me and they send me requests. If it is going to give me a good buck, I will do it.”