Nobody wants to be a sex worker: Lillian Dube reveals why she was a sex worker

One of the African stars told the Idols SA judge that she once worked as a sex worker, and that is why she got upset when she heard something ill about their community and stated that “nobody chooses to be one”.


Lillian Dube, who has been in series including Soul City, Muvhango, and Skwizas, recently appeared as a guest on Somizi Mhlongo’s talk show, Downtime With Somizi revealed that she used to work as a sex worker.

Dube, born in Lesotho, didn’t grow up with a silver platter or spoon as she had to ‘hustle’ her way up to the top. 

She told Somizi:

“I am a Lesotho girl who has worked as a domestic servant, a nurse’s assistant, and a tea maid.”

She also added:

“When you talk about prostitutes, I’ve always said that the children have to eat, and I have to live.”

“I have done so many things for my survival, but by the grace of God, I am now the most respected and the loved actress in the industry.”


The Clientele TV personality also told Somgaga that she literally feels pity for those who talk shit about prostitutes because nobody has a dream to become a prostitute. 

“When people speak shit about prostitutes, I get so angry because no one ever desires to be a prostitute; circumstances lead them there”, she added.  

She also shared the incident when she was once a victim of sexual abuse. Still, she managed to survive the traumatising incidents without reporting them or demanding help from the administration. 

Fans of the show and the veteran actress reacted to her announcement on social media.

Dube was joined by her former Muvhango co-star Mara Louw, who portrayed the role of Catherine Mukwevho in the SABC2 soapie.