But prostitutes spoken to on Thursday said they were not to blame and it was criminal gangs roaming the area.
They said the gangs – believed to be from informal settlements in Sunnyridge and Orange Grove – were ruining their business by targeting their clients.
A young woman stepped out from the shadows, approached the car and said she was ready to “play” with us for a minimum of R50.
The next riskiest jobs in the country were male taxicab drivers (29 per 100,000) and female liquor store workers (4 per 100,000).
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A recent spate of attacks on people and motorists in the notorious Leaches Bay area has been blamed on sex workers.
East London police recently started removing prostitutes from the area following nine attacks in the past two months.