Jamaica’s commercial sex workers who ply their trade on the popular ‘Back Road,’ in Portmore, St Catherine, say the area has become almost a ghost town since Covid-19 emerged on the island.
“Whole heap a di man wah me use to see dem nah come again. But me have a few clients who might still come regardless of what a gwan with the coronavirus. But right now, cause tings so slow, me affi add on a likkle money so me can mek a food,” one worker said.
But some of the men “waah pay cheap money”.
“In a slow time like this, me raise my price. Right now a from J$3,000 (KY$18.60) up, nothing below. Anybody come and a talk bout $1,500 ($9.30), or $2,000 ($12.40) now can gwan bout dem business,” said another worker.
Another worker said that she is practising good hygiene to protect herself and her clients.
“Yes, man, me have sanitiser, me likkle wipes and sumpn dem. And the place weh me bring dem go have water and it clean up wid bleach,” she said. “As me collect the money and put it dung, me a gi dem hand sanitiser. Some a dem walk wid hand sanitiser too suh you can know the nice clean man dem.”