Decriminalise Sex work now!

Law reform for sex work has been in process for over a decade now. Many politicians say they can’t support decriminalisation of sex work because you – the public – don’t support change.

This means that as many as 182,000 women and men who make a living selling sexual services in South Africa remain vulnerable to abuse and have no recourse if they experience violence.

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SWEAT is the founding member of Asijiki Coalition for the Decriminalisation of Sex Work, and a steering committee member together with Sisonke, National Movement of Sex Workers in South Africa, Sonke Gender Justice and Women’s Legal Centre. The Coalition consist of a group of sex workers, activists, advocates and human rights defender who advocate for the law reform and full decriminalisation of sex work in South Africa. For more about the coalition visit:


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Given the criminalised status of sex work in South Africa, sex workers are incredibly vulnerable to violence, discrimination and lack of access to basic services. As such, we at SWEAT try as much as possible to provide support and assistance to sex workers in need e.g. Sex workers who live on the streets, sex worker mothers and their children etc…

Here is a list of supplies that are most needed by sex workers:

  • Second-hand clothing for men;

  • Second-hand clothing for woman;

  • Second-hand clothing for children e.g. infants, toddlers, & school age;

  • Blankets;

  • Non-perishable food parcels;

  • Tea, coffee and milk;

  • Baby formula;

  • Baby food;

  • Disposable nappies;

  • Toiletries e.g. toothpaste, brush, soap, lotion, bath cloth etc.;

  • Sanitary towels & tampons;

  • Hands sanitizers & wipes;

  • Second-hand books;

  • Children school supplies;

  • Netting supplies e.g. wool, crochets & needles;

  • Flashlights and batteries;

  • Second-hand cell phones.

Please deliver supplies to the SWEAT head office at No: 19 Anson Street, Observatory, Cape Town. A thank you note will be sent to everyone who has made a donation to SWEAT. Please note that items donated to SWEAT will be given to sex workers in need.


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10 Reasons why we should Decriminalise Sex work now!

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10 Reasons why we should Decriminalise Sex work now!

The ten reasons were pulled from Open Society Foundations: 10 Reasons To Decriminalize Sex Work publication.