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Our fight against the criminalisation of prostituted persons

In 2017, the South African Law Reform Commission’s (SALRC) Final Report (Project 107) on Adult Prostitution was published. The report is the result of a government-led process to review the fragmented legislative framework that currently regulates adult prostitution within the larger framework of all statutory and common law sexual offences.…...

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Mainstreaming Pimpland in the NYC Subway System

The following Op-Ed was written by Taina Bien-Aimé. Taina Bien-Aimé is the Executive Director of the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women (CATW), one of the oldest international organizations dedicated to ending trafficking in women and girls and commercial sexual exploitation as practices of gender-based violence and discrimination. Last February, the Metropolitan Transit…...

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Op-Ed: A Call for South Africa to pass the Equality Law now and END Gender Based Violence

This opinion article was written by our Nozizwe Madlala-Routledge for Sunday Independent, it was published on Sunday Independent on the 8th September 2019. That South Africa is a war zone for women and children is beyond question. Nothing could have driven this message home more effectively than the brutal murder…...

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Meet our Intern: Meera Govind

My name is Meera Govind and I am from the UK. I graduated in June 2018 with a degree in Criminology. As I am originally from Zimbabwe, I’ve always had an interest in working in an African country. I started work with Embrace Dignity in October 2018 hoping to gain…...

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A female sex trade survivor : I wanted to escape but I didn’t know how to

This article was published on Times Select on the 10th June 2019. For Phindiswa Klaas, 35, working in the sex trade was not something she had ever thought about. She had grown up in Engcobo in the Eastern Cape with her mother and four sisters. “Then, in 1998, I moved…...

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A survivors’ group: Do not offer sex work to us as a solution

This article was published on Times Select on the 10th June 2019.  Mickey Meji is the leader of a prostitution survivor movement called Kwanele, which is supported by NGO Embrace Dignity. Unlike other forms of advocacy that seek to make the trade legal and regulated and remove the negative stigma…...

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A male survivor of prostitution: How can you call it ‘work’ when you could be killed?

This article  was published on Times Select on the 10th June 2019. Zola Ncapayi, who now lives near Delft in Cape Town, grew up in the Eastern Cape, attending school first in Grahamstown and then Port Elizabeth. He grew up with his parents and two brothers (one older, one younger),…...

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KWANELE survivor Thulisile Khoza writes an open letter to President Cyril Ramaphoza

Open letter written by KWANELE provincial mobilisation coordinator Thulisile Khoza Dear President Cyril Ramaphosa Hope all is well and you have rested well after the hard work of the elections and congratulations once again for retaining the power of governance. With all that said Mr President my name is Thulisile…...

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EQUALITY MODEL BEST PROSTITUTION POLICY

Op-ed written by Nozizwe Madlala-Routledge was published on the Sunday Tribune on Sunday, May 19 2019 The trial of Philani Ntuli, the businessman accused of murdering 20 year old Siam Lee, was due to finally start on Thursday in Durban. As the defence was not ready it has been postponed…...

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KWANELE SURVIVOR MOVEMENT OPEN LETTER TO THE PRESIDENT

  An open letter to President Cyril Ramaphosa regarding  “decriminalisation of sex work” in South Africa Dear Mr. President, As women with first-hand experience of being prostituted in South Africa, we the movement of the survivors of the system of prostitution – predominantly poor black women from disadvantaged backgrounds –…...

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