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Sex Work, Migration, and Human Trafficking in South Africa: From polarised arguments to potential partnerships

April 30, 2019 0 Comments

This paper draws on research with sex workers and a sex worker organisation in South Africa, as well as reflections shared at two Sex Workers’ Anti-trafficking Research Symposiums. In so doing, the authors propose the further development of a Sex Work, Exploitation, and Migration/Mobility Model that takes into consideration the complexities of the quotidian experiences of migration and selling sex.

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Decriminalising sex work is the only rational choice to end stigma, discrimination and violence against sex workers

April 30, 2019 0 Comments

Marcel van der Watt’s recent opinion piece on the effects of decriminalising sex work in South Africa makes such outlandish claims that it’s tempting to ignore him, if what he wrote wasn’t so disturbing and misrepresentative of the sex workers’ rights movement.

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Sex work decrim discussions continue

March 30, 2018 0 Comments

The decriminalisation of sex work discussions continue in South Africa. One of these discussions was organised by the Gauteng Office of the Premier as a Roundtable on Decriminalisation of Sex Work, held on the 23rd of March 2018 at the University of the Witwatersrand’s Sports Hall.

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Sally-Jean Shackleton

October 30, 2017 0 Comments

Sally-Jean Shackleton is the Director of the Sex Workers Education and Advocacy Task force (SWEAT) in South Africa. She facilitates the efforts of over 90 strong staff members to address stigma, improve health programming, deliver direct service, improve visibility and voice, and advocate for the decriminalisation of sex work.

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Sex work and the law: Should SA decriminalise sex work?

August 16, 2017 0 Comments

maHp student interns Muluti Phiri and Erika Massoud reflect on the ‘Sex work and the law: Should SA decriminalise sex work?’ dialogue, which was recently hosted by the South African National AIDS Council (SANAC), and Mail & Guardian.

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Sex Worker Poster Project (2017)

July 14, 2017 0 Comments

The Sex Worker Poster Project took the multiple stories generated through the Sex Worker Zine Project as the starting point to create advocacy messages in the form of posters. The zine stories provided an entry point to guide the conceptualisation of advocacy messages related to aspects of participants’ lives. Posters, however, are very different communication mechanisms to zines. While zines offer page sequences through which nuanced messages can emerge in a relationship of image and text, posters need to be a bit more direct in getting their

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A productive tension in the messages from Nelspruit and Makhado

Visual researcher Quinten Williams provides some thoughts on the partnership that underpins the research and social activism of the Sex Worker Poster Project.

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The Double Stigma of Migration and Sex Work

“From a migrant’s perspective from another country you face a double stigma as sex workers first because you are from another country, second because you are a sex worker in a country where sex work is criminalised” said Lindah

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Sex work, migration and HIV: South Africa’s health system can – and should – take a lead

Last week saw the launch of the South African Health Review (SAHR) 2016 edition at the Health Systems Trust Conference in Johannesburg.

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Izwi Lethu (Issue 6, 2015)

September 15, 2015 0 Comments

Spring is here and summer is around the corner! It’s now time to dress down and stay refreshed with Izwi Lethu: Our Voice.

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