SEX WORK

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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24 September 2020

Questions for a sex worker

Constance Mathe explains why she believes her work should not be criminalised

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28 July 2020

Covid-19: Sex workers accuse police of beating people on the street

“Much as I am afraid of Covid-19 … I need the money”

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2 April 2020

Covid-19: Some sex workers move online as SA heads into lockdown

SWEAT and Sonke call for fast-tracking of law reform and decriminalisation of sex work

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27 March 2020

Report finds shocking violence against sex workers

101 female sex workers, some of them transwomen, died in the 2018/19 year. Half of them were murdered, says SWEAT report

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6 March 2020

The difficult life of Marikana sex workers

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

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18 November 2019

Toddlers abandoned in room for almost five days

Unclear why authorities took long to respond

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15 November 2019

“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

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12 August 2019