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Prostitutes without borders

Mon, 10 March 2014 02:52
by Chris-Paul

Because prostitution is illegal in most African countries including Namibia, high class call-girls now call themselves ‘Escorts Without Borders’ (EWB) and have an agent in each of the five Sadc countries where they travel on a weekly basis.
V-Metro met with three of the women who were recently in the country; Jo-Ann Walters (25), Peggy Mautla (26) and Nicole Gumbo (age undisclosed). They are part of the South African-based group of high class call-girls comprising of 50+ women aged between 21 and 35.
Based in Sandton, Johannesburg, the majority of the EWBs have full-time jobs and are in committed relationships. Others are even married with children but have been lured into the group because of the generous financial gains.
According to Mautla who has been part of the group for the past six years, EWBs, whose clientele are comprised of top businessmen and politicians in the countries they ‘service’, are not allowed to directly receive payments from their clients.
“Every country has an agent who deals with payments and appointment arrangements. Ours is just to do our thing. We get paid at the end of each month based on our performances, because sometimes one is unable to travel due to personal commitments pertaining to a full-job and/or others,” said the outspoken and vivacious former employee of the South African Airways, Mautla.
“You can see more of me on one of our websites; Join and have fun with us there,” she added amidst giggles.
But after pulling aside to have a quick chat with Walters, Mautla declined to answer further questions from V-Mero or have her photo taken. She, however, provided contacts of their Namibian agent, Danny Humphries.
Humphries (32) initially declined to give any information on EWBs’ operations, only to seek V-Metro’s audience to shed some light after realising how much this reporter knew about his dealings.
Claiming to have business interests of his own, Humphries nonetheless confirmed overseeing EWBs’ appointments and payments in Namibia but insisted there are none, top local politicians among his clientele. This is contrary to the information V-Metro had acquired beforehand.
“I interact with clients who place their orders based on photographs of the girls I furnish them with. It’s my job to ensure the girls enter the country and stay without encountering any problem. Namibian politicians are very uptight and difficult to deal with. So I steer clear except for when some contact us while in South Africa,” Humphries said.
The name ‘Escorts Without Borders’, Humphries said, is a code name derived from the fact that the girls travel across Sadc untouched by the law, merely because prostitution or brothel businesses are illegal in all Sadc countries. The trade thus thrives on the back of the economic situations most African women find themselves in, Humphries stated.
While he can personally collect payments for EWBs’ services, most Namibian clients pay directly into the South African account even before the appointments with the girls are finalised.
“It works smoothly most times, as most clients have been loyal for years. They regularly visit our website to place their orders. We also have a responsibility to be discreet as most clients are happily married men,” Humphries said, claiming the call-girls are banned from using drugs even when provided by clients. This, after one of the girls died from an overdose while on duty in a Luanda hotel in 2012.
“The girls had travelled to Angola with the clients through Namibia. I dealt with the case, which cost the group a lot of money. It was my lowest moment with the group,” he said, refusing to reveal the official name the group trades as.