Sex workers continue to face threat of rape and abuse from police

Sex workers continue to demand decriminilisation, saying outdated lawscontribute to their abuse at the hands of police, and discrimination in society.

Sex workers will continue to face abuse and human rights violations as long as long as sex work remains criminalised in South Africa, say advocates. Sex workers taking part in a dialogue on the impact Covid-19 had on them say they face abuse on a daily basis, very often at the hands of police officers.

The South African National AIDS Council (SANAC) and the Departments of Social Development, Justice, Police and Health and the UNDP were part of the dialogue held on Monday.

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