Decriminalising sex work

March 19, 2018 (1 year ago)

Parliament's Multi-Party Women's Caucus held a summit in March on the legalisation of sex work in SA. This was in response to the SALRC Report that recommended either continued criminalisation or partial criminalisation (criminalises all role-players, except the person providing the sexual service).

Advocates of decriminalisation said the State must promote the rights of sex workers in line with the Constitution - sex work will be safer, they will have easier access to health care, enjoy improved human rights and will be able to access labour laws. Those campaigning against decriminalisation were adamant that nothing could improve the conditions of sex workers and also pointed out the impact of prostitution on children and how human trafficking was intertwined with sex work.

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