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In South Africa, Sex Workers Arm Th ... By Sebastian Kohn - Open Society Foundation The criminalization of sex work has dire consequences for the safety and health of sex workers. Police threaten sex workers with arbitrary arrest, demand bribes, and abuse and sexually violate them. As a criminalized group, sex workers have felt powerless to confront abuse by both clients and police, and in turn, unable to…
Wednesday, 17 September 2014
Female sex workers die while the Co ... Female sex workers die while the Commission for Gender Equality remains silent: Demonstration at CGE today from 11amIn response to inaction by the Commission for Gender Equality (CGE), sex workers and gender and human rights activists will stage a peaceful demonstration at the offices of CGE (132 Adderly Street, 5th Floor, Absa building, Cape Town) from 11h00-12h00 today (September 5,…
Friday, 05 September 2014
Cape sex workers mourn lost colleag ... CAPE TOWN - Sex workers in Cape Town have paid tribute to some of their colleagues who’ve been murdered over the past year. As part of Women’s Month, they gathered to light candles at a scene where a sex worker, known only as Klentjie, was found dead. Nineteen-year-old Klentjie was stabbed three times and left for dead at this spot.…
Monday, 01 September 2014
Civil society organisations applaud ... FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 20 August 2014 Statement issued by SWEAT, Sisonke, Sonke Gender Justice and Women’s Legal Centre Civil society organisations call on Ministers and MEC’s in the new cabinet to follow the footsteps of Eastern Cape MEC of Social Development, Nancy Sihlwayi, for her stance on supporting the decriminalisation of sex work in South Africa. Sex Worker Education and…
Wednesday, 20 August 2014
11 August 2014 (Cape Town) - A body of a 19 year old sex worker was discovered in a parking lot in Kenilworth on Sunday morning the 3rd of August by residents. The young woman was allegedly stabbed three times and left for dead. Just weeks before, SWEAT attempted to meet with Kenilworth ward councillor to discuss concerns about violence…
Monday, 11 August 2014
Long Street backpackers in Long Street Cape Town, which according to their website is “famous for its friendly atmosphere” has acted in a very unfriendly manner towards two sweat staff members who recently booked accommodation at the backpackers for work related purposes. On 26 July 2014, 2 Sweat staff bookings were cancelled impulsively when they attempted to book in at…
Thursday, 31 July 2014
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