Decriminalise our trade before 2010 – sex workers
SEX WORKERS countrywide have called for the decriminalisation of their trade and the creation of a safer working environment before the Fifa World Cup showdown in seven months’ time.
The sex workers plan to hike their fees and dump the rand for the US dollar as they target foreign fans and tourists.
Representatives from across the country spoke out at a forum in the city organised by the Sex Workers Education and Advocacy Taskforce (Sweat), this week.
Concerns were also raised that the country could run out of condoms during the tournament, fuelling fears of increased HIV infections.
The forum was dubbed Consultation on Sex Work and the 2010 Soccer World Cup: Human Rights, Public Health, Soccer and Beyond.
The forum was attended by representatives from the SA National Aids Council, Wits University’s Forced Migration Studies and other stakeholders from Germany, New Zealand and Ghana.
Some of the major concerns raised by the sex workers included increased police harassment and abuse by police before the world soccer showpiece.
A Cape Town representative said the trade should be decriminalised “because people are dying”.
She predicted a spike in human and child trafficking, gangsterism and robberies by people taking advantage of the criminalised industry.
The forum plans to do awareness campaigns around discriminalising the trade and promoting safe sex among others.
Sweat also wants their concer ns to be addressed by the government, police and Fifa.
WHEN DUTY CALLS: Police march past the Cape Town City Hall during a parade yesterday to launch the crime-prevention programmes for the festive season, the World Cup Final Draw next week and for the World Cup.