Sex workers march against police brutality

File: Johannesburg sex workers on Thursday held demonstrations against police brutality. Picture: Nardus Engelbrecht/SAPA
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JOHANNESBURG - Dozens of sex workers on Thursday marched through the streets of the Johannesburg 's CBD, expressing disgust at the way they are treated by the police.

They say the death of Mozambican taxi driver Mido Macia last week Tuesday, allegedly at the hands of Daveyton police, is indicative of the way the country's police service operates.

Spokesperson for the Sex Worker Education and Advocacy Taskforce (Sweat), Pamela Chakuvinga, said both taxi drivers and sex workers deserve to be treated as human beings.

“The way taxi drivers are being treated is just the same way sex workers are being treated. We are fighting for human rights because the police are taking the law into their own hands. They are not doing their work properly.”

She said a sex worker died in police custody in November and said some had been raped by officers in uniform.

Chakuvinga said they want sex work to be decriminalised so police will no longer be able to act with impunity.

A similar march will take place in Cape Town on Friday.