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HIV/AIDS

26 November 2010

Decriminalisation of sex work 'will help stop HIV'

SWEAT is joining UNAIDS to demand that South Africa decriminalises sex workers, and that the whole sex work industry is brought out of the shadows.

SWEAT (Sex Worker Education and Advocacy Taskforce) is joining UNAIDS to demand that South Africa decriminalises sex workers, and that the whole sex work industry is brought out of the shadows.
 

South Africa is one of more than 100 countries that criminalise parts of sex work – yet also recognises sex workers as a vulnerable population for HIV infection. This hypocrisy comes to life on the streets of Cape Town where sex workers have reported that the police have searched their bags and pockets for condoms, using this as proof of sex work. This action effectively renders sex workers, their clients and other sexual partners at risk.
 

 

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