18 July 2016

Sex Workers Education and Advocacy Taskforce and Sisonke, National Movement of Sex Workers in South Africa will be holding a demonstration outside the International Convention Centre (ICC), Monday 18 July 2016. The demonstration coincides with the first official day of the International Aids Conference 2016.

While governments, academics and activists meet to strategise the fight against HIV, we must not forget that sex workers form the frontline of this battle. As long as sex work remains criminalised and stigmatised, this is a battle that cannot be won.

The demonstration pays deference to sex workers who have been murdered and who have borne the brunt of a law that serves to put them in danger and allows violence to be perpetrated with impunity. These senseless laws have now been under investigation for 19 years. In this time the evidence has been made clear that the decriminalisation of sex work is the best legal model to ensure healthcare and justice services to sex workers. How many more sex workers must be killed before these Apartheid-era laws are changed?

The protest will be held on Monday 18 July 2016 outside ICC main entrance (Corner Bram Fisher Road & Stalwarts Simelane Street) at 7:00 – 8:30. The same demonstration will be repeated in the afternoon at the South African AIDS Council Session at room 11 titled: South Africa’s National Sex Worker HIV Plan: Are you coming?

Media contact:

Sally Shackleton (SWEAT Director) – 082 330 4113

Ishtar Lakhani (SWEAT Advocacy Manager) – 079 437 1217

Katlego Rasebitse (Sisonke Media Liaison) – 081 356 3165

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