SEX WORKERS SPEAK OUT: Policing and the sex industry

  • NicolĂ© Fick Sex Worker Education and Advocacy Taskforce (SWEAT)
Keywords: sex workers, prostitution, policing, South Africa, police brutality


South African sex workers, especially those working on the street, have good reason to feel afraid when they are on the job. Not only do they have to contend with the inherent dangers of their profession, but because sex work is a crime, they face frequent abuse and harassment from the police who are ostensibly upholding the law. But the threat of arrest does little to stop sex workers; instead it forces them underground and into situations that are potentially even more dangerous.

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