Why sex work should be decriminalised in South Africa

South African law criminalises both the sale and purchase of sex and other aspects of sex work. These prohibitions have not stopped many thousands of mostly poor and often black women in South Africa choosing sex work as their best available option. But arrests and detentions, fines and sexual exploitation by the South African Police […]

The Policing Of Sex Work In South Africa

Within a context where gender-based violence (GBV) is endemic, sex workers in South Africa experience particular vulnerabilities to systematic violence, abuse, extortion, rape, and even torture. The criminalisation of sex work in South Africa means that sex workers are subject to numerous human rights violations, including discrimination, harassment, and abuse at the hands of Police […]

Evidence on Exit

This study and the recommendations that result from it will assist organisations and institutions who provide services to sex workers to respond to individuals who wish to exit out of sex work. The document lays out our rationale for the study, its methodology and results and our recommendations in the form of a Model of […]