FACT SHEETS

 

Sex Work and HIV

Sex workers are often vulnerable to HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections.

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Sex Work and Human Rights

In many countries around the world, including South Africa, sex workers currently suffer gross human rights violations.

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Sex Work and Human Trafficking

It is vital to distinguish between sex work – which involves adult, consensual sex – and sex trafficking, which is a gross violation of human rights.

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Sex work and the Law

There are a number of different legal approaches to sex work that vary from country to country.

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Sex Work Swedish Model

The partial criminalisation of sex work.

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Sex Work and Religion

Many people in South Africa are religious. According to data from the 2001 census, around 80% of South Africans call themselves Christians, with smaller numbers of Muslims, Hindus, Jews and people who follow African traditional religions.

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Sex Work and Feminism

Feminism is a political belief system which believes women face many more problems than men in society today. It seeks to change this by creating equal political, economic, cultural and social rights for women.

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Sex Work, Migration and Tourism

More and more people are travelling abroad or within their own country to join family, find work or simply go on holiday.

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Sex Work and Policing

As a group, sex workers are at high risk of violence and other crimes. Like many other at-risk groups, they are over-policed but under-protected.

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Children and Sex Work

No serious supporter of decriminalisation has proposed that buying sex from a child or employing a child to sell sexual services should be decriminalised, even if that child is willing.

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Sex Work and Labour

Sex workers from all over the world have fought to use the term ‘sex work’ instead of ‘prostitution’ to show clearly that selling sex is a job and should be treated as one, rather than an abstract political or moral issue.

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Routes Out of Sex Work

Worldwide, many governments and non-governmental organisations aim to help people leave sex work and do other work. This is often called “exiting”, but here we use the term “routes out of sex work”

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Decrim and GBV Sonke

This Fact Sheet sets out how the decriminalisation of sex work will reduce gender-based violence.

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SWEAT Poster

The criminal law makes sex workers vulnerable to violence, abuse and murder.

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Sex Work Infographic Lancet

Facts about sex workers and the myths that help spread HIV.

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 Sex Work Infographic A3 (Lancet)

Facts about sex workers and the myths that help spread HIV.

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