World Cup's bad for business: sex workers

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 3:06 PM ET

People working in South Africa's sex industry expected an influx of customers during the World Cup but instead, tourists have been flocking to the country's museums.

"The World Cup has been devastating," the owner of a Johannesburg escort company told CNN. "We thought it was going to be a cash cow but it's chased a lot of business away. It's been the worst month in my company's history."

The escort service's madam also added that she can't wait for the fans to leave. "No one is interested in sex at the moment. I think we've had three customers who travelled here for the World Cup which has seen my group's business drop by 80%. I enjoyed watching the games, but I can't wait for everyone to just go home now."

Zobwa, a prostitute and chairperson of a group that represents 70 prostitutes in Johannesburg told CNN, "People went to the bars and stadiums to watch the games and afterwards they went home. They didn't bother themselves with coming to us."

Back in March, South African officials expected 40,000 prostitutes would be flooding into the country but Zobwa said she has left the city because the money just isn't there.

On the other end, museums and art galleries have been booming with international visitors. The Apartheid Museum received three times the number of expected patrons while the Johannesburg Art Gallery has seen an extra thousand people.

"We thought people were coming here for the soccer and party but we've been pleasantly surprised. Some of the teams visited too," said the deputy director of the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg.


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