Call for the Decriminalisation of Prostitution

The Sisonke Sex Workers Movement says that the African National Congress (ANC) members should lobby for the decriminalisation of prostitution because some of the party's officials used prostitutes' services.
The organisation’s national lobbyist, Nosipho Vidima, points out that, “It's unfortunate that we are good enough for the ANC politicians to make use of our services, but they are afraid to come out in support of decriminalisation of sex work, and the protection of our human rights."

​SA a Mecca for Child Sex Offenders

South Africa has been considered as one of the most popular destinations for travelling child sex offenders in Africa.

A global study on the sexual exploitation of children in travel and tourism was released in Stellenbosch, Thailand and Washington.

End Child Porn, Prostitution and Trafficking (ECPAT), an organisation and global network of civil organisations that dedicates its time to ending the commercial sexual exploitation of children, named the Western Cape, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga and the Eastern Cape as the hotspots in the country.

SABC Journo Abductors in Court

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has reported that he was held hostage for two hours and money was withdrawn from his account.

Two suspects who allegedly held SABC’s radio news senior investigative journalist, Jacques Steenkamp, captive by a group of men in Krugersdorsp, Gauteng, while working undercover, investigating claims of prostitution and child trafficking.

Steenkamp was released after money was withdrawn from his bank account.

Amnesty Backs Decriminalising Prostitution

Rights group, Amnesty International, says sex workers are one of the most marginalised groups in the world who face constant risk of discrimination, violence and abuse.

The organisation voted in favour of adopting a policy supporting the decriminalisation of prostitution in the face of intense criticism over the move.

The decision was taken at the human rights group's international council meeting in Dublin by a majority of 400 delegates from 70 countries.

Lerato House: Social Worker

Lerato House is an holistic empowerment programme for girls and young women at risk, including abused children, children affected by prostitution, and victims of trafficking.

Lerato House seeks to appoint a Social Worker, based in Pretoria.

The person will offer holistic, empowering individual case work and family reintegration services to the girls at Lerato House and in aftercare programme.

The person will report to the Programme Coordinator.

Brothels, Child Sex Workers, on the Rise in Goma

According to an article by Passy Mabulana, there is an increasing number of brothels in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s city of Goma, and a rise in the number of underage girls working in them.
Mubalama quotes Faustin Wasolela of local NGO Development Action for the Protection of Women and Children, as saying that, “These brothels take in many minors, most of whom come from poor and destitute families in North Kivu.”

Call for Botswana to Legalise Prostitution

Former Botswana President and head of that country’s National AIDS Council, Festus Mogae, has called on the country to legalise prostitution to make it easier to help sex workers prevent the disease.

Mogae, points out that, "Decriminalising sex work does not mean encouraging it, but it would rather pave way for policies that protect those who have been forced into the trade."

SWEAT: Women Lured to Cities for Sex Work

The Sex Worker Education and Advocacy Taskforce (SWEAT) says it is not surprised more young women are being lured from their rural homes to work as sex workers in big cities.

SWEAT director, Eric Harper, points out that, “Criminals do go and prey upon poor people in rural areas and make false promises.”

The comment cames after Cape Town’s vice squad said females from Prieska in the Northern Cape, some of whom are only 17-years-old, are being forced to become prostitutes.

Is Human Trafficking a Problem in Namibia?

It is of utmost importance to, first, look at the definition of the term ‘human trafficking’. Trafficking in person or human trafficking (HT) refers to the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring, or receipt of person, by means of the threat or use of force or other form of coercion, of abduction, of fraud, of deception, of the abuse of power or of position of vulnerability or of the giving or receiving of payment or benefits to achieve the consent of a person having control over another person, for the purpose of exploitation.

Advocating for Sex Workers’ Rights

On 3 March 2001, a gathering organised by Durbar Mahila Samanwaya Committee, a Calcutta-based group consisting of over 50 000 sex workers and members of their communities, was held in India. The result of this gathering subsequently led to sex worker groups across the world celebrating 3 March as International Sex Workers' Rights Day.

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