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SWEATNews24Wire reports that the Sex Workers Education and Advocacy Taskforce (Sweat) and Sisonke, the National Movement of Sex Workers, have called on President Cyril Ramaphosa to make urgent provision for the Temporary Employee Relief Scheme to include sex workers.  

The two organisations said in a statement:  “Sex work is work, and they too need help as their livelihood has been disrupted.  We also call on the president to take urgent steps and mandate the department of justice and correctional services to fast-track the sex work law-reform process and decriminalise sex work in order to address the evident exclusion of sex workers in accessing labour rights in times of need.”  On Monday, Ramaphosa announced a nationwide 21-day lockdown with effect from midnight on Thursday.  South Africans have been instructed to stay at home during this period to combat the spread of the coronavirus and all non-essential businesses will be closed.  “However, this drastic decision comes with many uncertainties for unskilled workers in the country, including sex workers,” said Sweat and Sisonke.  They noted with concern how sex workers were missing from the general conversations about support for workers throughout the pandemic and lockdown.  Sweat and Sisonke said they would start a Go-Fund-Me page to assist sex workers during the coronavirus pandemic.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard at The Citizen

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