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newsThe New Age reports that as SA marked Human Rights Day on Wednesday, the plight of sex workers was put under the spotlight by a survey entitled: ‘The Policing of Sex Work in South Africa’.  

Compiled by NGOs Sonke Gender Justice and the Sex Worker Education and Advocacy Taskforce (Sweat), the survey found that sex workers in SA would be arrested at least four times and would spend an average of 40 hours in custody if they were charged.  Nosipho Vidima‚ a lobbying officer at Sweat, said while all who were involved in sex work were having it bad, transgender people were worst off.  The report recorded the experiences of 117 sex workers from Gauteng and Mpumalanga and was undertaken in response to the large number of human rights violations involving sex workers and police reported to civil society organisations.  The report showed how sex workers’ vulnerability to STIs and HIV was also increased when police confiscated condoms and used them as “evidence” to arrest sex workers.  “To ensure the safety and protection of sex workers in line with respecting their human rights, this report recommends that SA should decriminalise sex work,” the report indicates.

  • Read this report by Lillian Selapisa in full at The New Age

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