ENCA: Government mulls over legalising sex work

12 March 2016 JOHANNESBURG – Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa says it is vital that the government deal with the status of South Africa’s sex workers. Launching the National Sex Worker HIV policy in Johannesburg on Friday, he said the state is deciding whether and how to decriminalise sex work. “Whatever beliefs we might have about sex work, whatever the statutes might say about the legality … [sex workers] are human, they are just like all of us,” he said. “Sex workers can no longer be denied their constitutional rights. They can no longer be people who are just beaten up, with no recourse to justice. Or they can just be subjected to unlawful arrest,” Ramaphosa said. Many activists and NGOs argue that sex work needs to be decriminalised to enable sex workers to access proper healthcare… Advocacy group SWEAT (Sex Worker Education and Advocacy Taskforce) says it hopes the new policy will pave the way for sex work to be legalised. ”From our perspective the launch of the plan certainly implies the port to decriminalisation, for a law-reform process, but of course that requires public participation. But at least there is the intention to kickstart the process. It’s been in the process for more than a decade. It really is time, SWEAT director Sally Shackleton said. Read full article: http://www.enca.com/south-africa/government-mulls-over-legalising-sex-work … Continue reading →