sex work

Sex work: where criminal law has no place

Decriminalisation Bill is a giant step

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Opinion | 24 January 2023

Human rights report shows need to decriminalise sex workers, says NGO

The South African government plans to decriminalise sex work, a move expected to give sex workers some protection

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News | 12 December 2022

Sex workers tell minister police rape, rob and abuse them

Bill to decriminalise sex work released

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Brief | 9 December 2022

Sex workers welcome government’s decriminalisation plans

“Many sex workers have died and this bill will save many lives”

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News | 6 December 2022

Sex workers are angry with the Gender Commission. Here’s why

They believe some members are using their positions to impose personal moral views on issues like sex work and abortion.

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Brief | 12 August 2022

“I’m broken inside,” says Springs sex worker after botched illegal abortion

SWEAT wants government to make it easier for sex workers to access adequate healthcare free from stigma

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News | 27 May 2022

Police must put themselves in our shoes, says sex worker

SWEAT and Sisonke are running sensitisation training to stop violence from police officers

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Feature | 25 February 2022

Sex Workers Pride celebrated with vaccinations and calls for decriminalisation

Western Cape MEC for Health Nomafrench Mbombo says criminalisation of sex work makes access to health services more difficult

Text and Photos by Ashraf Hendricks

News | 14 September 2021

Study finds extreme levels of violence against sex workers

Decriminalisation of sex work will make women safer, says advocacy group

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News | 27 August 2021

Many sex workers are battling to get vaccinated

Those who do not have identity documents cannot be registered on the government’s computer system

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Brief | 24 August 2021

Sex workers march in Johannesburg calling for decriminalisation

Protesters also want safe spaces for women in the city

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News | 28 May 2021

Covid-19 curfew and alcohol ban leave sex workers battling

“In our line of work business thrives during the night”

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News | 26 January 2021

Sex work activists demand answers from Human Rights Commission

They claim that a complaint lodged in August about sex worker Robyn Montsumi who died in police custody has gone unanswered

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Brief | 11 December 2020

Human Rights Commission under fire for 7-month silence on sex worker death in custody

“Unfortunately democracy is only for certain people – not for sex workers” says activist

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News | 28 October 2020

Level one lockdown disappoints sex workers

Accusations of police and criminal harassment, but police give a different story

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News | 5 October 2020

Artist hopes portrait will haunt police

A life-sized portrait has been placed near the police station where a sex worker died in custody

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Brief | 24 September 2020