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SWEATTimeslive reports that the Sex Worker Education and Advocacy Task Force (Sweat) on Tuesday approached the High Court in Pretoria to ask that the Primrose Community Police Forum (CPF) be interdicted from beating‚ threatening and using snakes or dogs against sex workers.  

The CPF has launched “Operation #TakeBackOurPrimrose” to improve the area, but‚ according to court papers‚ has been harassing sex workers by photographing them‚ stealing their handbags and throwing eggs and water at them.  Twelve sex workers described the abuse in affidavits‚ which included being pepper-sprayed‚ shown a gun and having cars mount the pavement where they were standing and taking aim at them.  Four of the sex workers described having been intimidated by a python or snake by members of the CPF and two described being threatened by dogs.  Sweat and a sex worker have approached the court to have the CPF’s operation declared unlawful to "the extent that it illegally targets sex workers".  Sweat’s court papers maintain that “the criminalisation of sex work does not entitle the community policing forum and its chairperson to take the law into their own hands."

  • Read this report by Katharine Child in full at Timeslive
  • Read too, Sex workers go to court to stop ‘community violence’, on page 2 of The Star of 22 March 2018

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