Sex work is work
Sex work – the consensual sale of sex between adults – is an important livelihood activity for some migrants in South Africa. Currently all aspects of sex work are illegal, resulting in multiple forms of violence against male, female and transgendered people working in the industry. In this research area, we explore intersections between sex work, migration, health and well-being.
Research projects involve a partnership with Sisonke – the South African National Sex Worker Movement, and involvement in various policy processes.
Using mixed method and inter-disciplinary approaches, including arts-based methods, our research projects explore the lived experiences of migrant sex workers in South Africa. Research contributes to a range of policy and programmatic interventions, including efforts supporting the decriminalisation of sex work in South Africa.
Image by Constance, taken as part of the 2010 Working the City project.
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