Sex workers have launched the Johannesburg branch of Sisonke, an organisation that advocates for the legislation of sex work.
Sisonke is advocating for sex workers to be recognised as professionals who have the same rights as other workers. “We want to work with the police. We want to walk the streets and hotel foyers freely”, the organisation says.
Sisonke head of the Johannesburg branch, Busi Dhlomo, states that: “The police demand sex and assault us if we refuse.” Dhlomo has also criticised hospital staff for refusing to treat sex workers.