Survey reveals she is one of 400 engaged in this practice
NASSAU, BAHAMAS – She goes by the name of “Lady B” and every night she leaves her young daughter in the care of a relative to roam the streets as a local sex worker.
Lady B is one of more than 400 individuals who engage in this practice, according to a survey conducted by The Bahamas Youth Urban Development Center (BYUDC).
“Sex work is something I do if I have to because I have a child to support, and if I have to lay on my back to support her I would,” Lady B reasoned.
“I don’t have a job but I can clean, plait hair or something else but if things get really bad then I do what I have to.”
Lady B said that while some may scorn her for her actions, many women, she said, are doing the same thing.
“They may not walk the streets like I do but they are meeting men and receiving cash for sexual acts,” she said. “It can be enjoyable. It’s easy money and some people I would lay down for, they make it exciting for you and you are still able to get what you came for. It’s strictly about the money.”
Lady B said that her services range from full penetration or other sexual favors.
“It’s about location,” she revealed.
“Some men want to take you in a yard, [or] in the car and that’s $50. But if we go somewhere, a better place, the price goes up,” she explained.
“If I don’t make enough I am back in the road. Sometimes I can make up to $500 or $600 a week. The most money I make is around government pay day.”
Sex work also includes the male population.
Victor Rollins, who serves as a consultant for HIV and AIDS said men are also trading sex for gifts.
“They trade for tennis, minutes, the cutter special [a chicken snack and a blue Mistic soft drink], all different things for sex.”
This “undercover” world, according to Rollins, exists among men who have sex with men but maintain a heterosexual relationship.
Prodesta Moore, CEO of The Bahamas Urban Development Center attempts to assist sex workers with resources to guard against sexually transmitted diseases.
In a recent interview with Eyewitness News Online, Moore said that she is more concerned that the sex industry is having a domino effect on future generations.
“Mothers are involved in the sex trade and as they get old and their daughters become of age, they made the choice of using their daughters to replace them,” she revealed. “This is prevalent and it is a form of tracking and we do have many instances where mothers sell their daughters.”