The goal of the Coalition for the Abolition of Prostitution in Africa (CAPA) is to advocate for the Equality Law, which targets the demand for prostitution and provide support for exit.
NATURE OF PROSTITUTION
- Prostitution is violence and sexual exploitation – one of the worst forms of gender inequality and violation of human rights.
- Many vulnerable persons are prostituted as children and they are predominately poor Black women from disadvantaged backgrounds.
- Prostitution makes children susceptible to a vicious cycle that promotes rape culture, human trafficking and patriarchy.
- Prostitution is inherently harmful: medically, mentally, physically and socially.
- Prostitution is linked to organised crime networks and trafficking in human beings.
- Prostitution is an obstacle to equality between women and men as it involves objectifying and commodifying women’s bodies.
PURPOSE OF THE CHARTER
To advocate for the equality law and policies based on the following core principles:
- Decriminalising prostituted persons and supporting persons who wish to exit prostitution.
- Promoting and protecting the rights of survivors of prostitution and trafficking without stigmatisation.
- Targeting the demand by penalising the purchase of sexual acts.
- Criminalising and ensuring no impunity for pimps, brothel owners and all other parties who profit from exploiting the prostitution of others.
- Prohibiting all forms of advertising for paid sexual services.
- Resolutely and systematically opposing the trafficking in human beings.
- Training professionals: police, social workers and health professionals on the nature of prostitution and how to provide services.
- Implementing sex education and prostitution prevention policies, especially targeting schools and the youth.
- Promoting awareness and studies concerning prostitution and the trafficking in human beings, and harmonising data collection systems.
- Responding to the African context of high levels of inequality, poverty and unemployment, high levels of men’s violence against women and the high levels of HIV/AIDS.
These abolitionist principles have been implemented in the Nordic/ Equality model pioneered in Sweden (1999), Norway (2008), Canada (2014), Northern Ireland (2015), France (2016), the Republic of Ireland (2017) and Israel (2018). The model aims to reduce prostitution and allow prostituted persons to exit.
A CALL TO ACTION – JOIN THE MOVEMENT
- For CAPA to campaign for all our countries to adopt abolitionist public policies on prostitution and to enact the Equality Law so as to harmonise our approach and not divert prostitution and trafficking to neighbouring countries.
- We as CAPA are creating a national and international network, calling our governments, regional bodies, international agencies and especially the UN to implement laws and international treaties to abolish the oppressive system of prostitution.
- We commit to alerting all sectors of the public to the realities and harms of the prostitution system.
- We call on individuals and civil society organisations: social justice movements, trade unions, businesses, traditional and cultural organisations, faith-based organisations, women, youth, men, and community-based organisations to sign the Charter and be active members of the global movement to abolish prostitution.