MPs, sex workers discuss decriminalisation of sex work
Nosipho Vidima of Sweat described the abuse and harassment of sex-workers, especially by the police.
CAPE TOWN - Emotional scenes today played out in Parliament where sex workers were giving testimony at a meeting focused on the need to decriminalise sex work.
SWEAT, Sisonke and partners are in Parliament today at a session dedicated to the decriminalisation of sex work... https://t.co/OKQRHY7bpZ— Sweat (@SweatTweets) August 17, 2016
The Joint Multi-Party Women's Caucus heard from Sex Workers Education & Advocacy Task force ( Sweat), the Commission on Gender Equality, the SA Law Reform Commission (SALRC) and the Department of Justice.
Nosipho Vidima of Sweat described herself as a sex-worker, a mother, a daughter and a sister.
She described the abuse and harassment of sex-workers, especially by the police, and the need for action.
VICE UK visited us to find out more about why we are fighting for the decriminalisation of sex work https://t.co/Nh9NorSBOw— Sweat (@SweatTweets) July 27, 2016
"We know what we want and it's decriminalisation of sex work. The evidence is there, obviously, but let our voices be heard. This is what we want, as women."
Vidima urged the women Members of Parliament to take a position on decriminalising sex-work and to lobby their own parties and constituencies.
She also called for the release of the SALRC's report on its investigation into sex work, which is currently with the Minister of Justice, Michael Masutha.