Getting health care to sex workers in Cape Town

Published: October 20, 2014

GroundUp
Katy Scott
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“I used to be a little moffie in the coloured community and I had to face that every day,” says Davids, who is now 35.

She lived with her grandparents and they couldn’t accept that she wanted to be a girl. So at 14 she ran away. “It was easy for me to leave the house and not think twice,” she says.

It was on the train journey from home to the city that she met another transgender female who told her, “I’ve got a house. I know you have no money. I know what you’ve been through.” It was through her new friend that she was introduced to sex work.

She recalls that on her first night of sex work she made R520 from three clients. After a year she decided to work for herself.

Davids works as a woman. Sometimes, if a client discovers that she is not female, she has to fight her way out. “I cannot just tell a client, ‘Hey I’m trans!’ He could kill me right then and there, because a lot of people are transphobic.”

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