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The difficult life of Marikana sex workers

Working on an open plot, the women are often raped or robbed

By Kimberly Mutandiro - 18 November 2019
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Toddlers abandoned in room for almost five days

Unclear why authorities took long to respond

By Anton van Zyl and Bernard Chiguvare - 15 November 2019
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“Proud to be trans, proud to be sex workers, and even prouder of their stunning sense of style”

Trans women sex workers collective Sistaazhood launches photo book

By Ashraf Hendricks - 12 August 2019
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Sex workers speak of rape, corruption and harassment by police

Human Rights Watch calls for decriminalisation

By Zoë Postman - 12 August 2019
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Sex workers thank Ramaphosa

President had promised to safeguard their human rights

By Velani Ludidi - 5 June 2019
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GROUNDVIEW: Let sex workers and their clients be

Also: Leadership needed by the Ministry of Higher Education and Training

By GroundUp Editors - 7 February 2019

Sex workers campaign for law to be changed

“It’s like any other type of work”

By Ashraf Hendricks and GroundUp Staff - 4 February 2019
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Study uncovers brutal policing of sex work

Civil society and the police have begun to work together to stop the abuse

By Ashleigh Furlong - 23 March 2018
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Cape Town church calls for decriminalisation of sex work

“Jesus was the first to decriminalise sex work” says church banner

By Aidan Jones - 1 March 2018
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Police target immigrant sex workers in Gauteng

We are only following orders from Home Affairs, say police

By Kimberly Mutandiro - 12 February 2018
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“Most sex workers are mothers”

School fees paid from sex work

By Mary-Anne Gontsana - 2 October 2017
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I am a sex worker: criminalising my work puts me in danger

Why the Swedish Model does not work for South Africa

By Nosipho Vidima - 14 June 2017
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Cape Town gets clinic for sex workers

Facility aims to provide health care to people who are often stigmatised in the state system

By Lilly Wimberly - 12 June 2017
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Doctors say commission ruling on sex work is bad for HIV prevention

Many organisations condemn SALRC report

By Ashleigh Furlong - 31 May 2017
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Court “mustn’t feel sorry” for killer and artist Zwelethu Mthethwa

“In many cases the perpetrators are never found and the [victim] remains unidentified for some time”

By Ashleigh Furlong - 29 May 2017
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Psychologist recommends against prison for guilty artist

Zwelethu Mthethwa murdered Nokuphila Kumalo, a sex worker

By Ashleigh Furlong - 24 May 2017