Sex work is work. And it seems that President Ramaphosa is recognising that and looking at reviewing some outdated laws. The South African government may finally be taking sex-worker rights seriously.
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So What’s The Plan?
Last week, he signed a declaration on gender-based violence in Johannesburg, and told a number of organisations that the government is looking to regulate sex work:
‘We will work with all stakeholders to develop policy around the decriminalisation of sex work,’ he said.
Sowetan reports that the plan is to review laws and policies that pertain to gender-based violence and femicide. But can we get a timeline, please?
— Sweat (@SweatTweets) March 29, 2019
Why is This Such GREAT News?
Rape and femicide remain huge problems in South Africa – and sex workers are particularly at risk because they are marginalised by the law and society. As a result, they are often exploited, abused by the police, raped and murdered.
Activists, feminists and organisations in attendance cheered. For years, sex workers and organisations like SWEAT (Sex Workers Education and Advocacy Taskforce) have been fighting against the laws that criminalise sex work.
This video pays homage to the sex workers who’ve been killed:
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