SWEAT – Sex Workers Legal Defence Centre (LDC) is in search of suitable persons to become part of a litigation committee. This will be on a voluntary basis. We would like the litigation committee to collaborate with the attorneys of LDC to devise efficient and effective litigation strategies. We will aim to have monthly meetings for the first 3 months and thereafter, quarterly meetings. For urgent cases, we will communicate via Skype.

SWEAT opened its Legal Defence Centre’s (LDC) doors in June 2017 after registering as a community based legal clinic with The Cape Law Society.  SWEAT decided open it’s Legal Defence Centre in response to sex workers needs for increased legal assistance with issues specific to them as a direct result of their profession. The LDC is fully operational. It is managed by an attorney specialising in human rights and sex work, a candidate attorney, and 3 paralegals.  In addition, the LDC will be supported by consultant attorneys and international and local law students offering research support.

The LDC provides a range of legal representation, advice and support services to sex workers. The areas of litigation that we pursue are listed below:

Criminal matters Civil matters Constitutional and other matters
Offences under the Sexual Offences Act Children’s matters: – Maintenance

  • Contact
  • Care
Unfair discrimination on the grounds of gender, sex, sexual orientation, race, HIV status etc.
Wrongful detention Lodging of complaints with various formal institutions, tribunals and the Ombudsman
Damages claims Mediation services
Sexual offences like rape and sexual assault Unlawful evictions Labour disputes

  • Unfair labour practices
  • Unfair dismissal
  • Unfair discrimination
Bribery Protection Orders

  • Domestic violence
  • Protection from harassment
By-Law violations/fines

  • soliciting
  • loitering
  • etc
Drafting of wills



  • Admitted attorney/advocate;
  • Proven experience in strategic impact litigation;
  • Excellent knowledge and understanding of constitutional and human rights law;
  • Demonstrated ability to create litigation strategies; and
  • Sound judgment.

Please send CV and motivational letter to staceym@sweat.org.za by 28 February 2018.

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