According to Lusaka sex workers, times are hard and they have had to work extra hard to meet the rising cost of items on the market, with some of them now working day and night.
Prostitution is largely done at night, but according to them,the practice would now be a 24-hour service to meet the rising cost of living.
For a night’s service, the fee has been hiked from K80 to K150, the timing of which is anything between 8:00pm and 5:00am the next morning.
Some sex workers expressed reservations that those of them who are not too presentable might be unable to attract clients with the new arrangement, adding that they could be the losers under the circumstances.
In a country where sex work is illegal, it is unfathomable how they mustered courage to invite the media to announce the price hike.
It is also unknown whether the price hike would be binding on sex workers practising outside Lusaka.