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THE ROLE OF PROSTITUTION IN HUMAN TRAFFICKING

written by Thabo Tshelane and McKenzie Swain Human trafficking is an epidemic in South Africa and it is becoming more and more evident. Just last week Deputy Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development, the Honourable John Jeffery said that “South Africa has become a source, transit and destination country for…...

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WHY SONKE GENDER JUSTICE’S OPINION ON PARTIAL DECRIMINALISATION IS ILL-INFORMED

written by Irene Whelan Vita and Savannah Estridge, Irene and Savannah are Interns at Embrace Dignity.  In a statement released by the NGO, Sonke Gender Justice in 2016, the claim was made that the Equality Law, in other words partial criminalisation of “sex work”, will not help “sex workers” or South…...

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THE ROLE OF POLICY WITHIN LAWMAKING

Policy, defined by the South African government as “what a government ministry hopes to achieve and the methods and principles it will use to achieve them”, is central in the lawmaking process. It informs the law because it provides context to the particular issue being dealt with. Without vision and…...

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UNEMPLOYMENT, LACK OF SKILLS AND EDUCATION FORCE MANY AFRICAN WOMEN INTO PROSTITUTION

For many poor, black and unskilled women in South Africa entering the sex industry is not a real choice. Instead it provides immediate employment and a means to take care of their families. However, it’s also a decision that is often shrouded in secrecy. This was the case for *Thandiswa…...

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WELCOMING INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS AND MAKING INTERNATIONAL CONNECTIONS

We recently had two groups of students visit Embrace Dignity to learn about the organisation’s mission and how we have helped women in our community exit prostitution. The first group consisted of students from a range of countries across the world and who are enrolled for the Global Affairs Masters…...

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Get Our Advocacy T-shirt

We have taken our advocacy and public awareness campaign to the public with the creation of a number of t-shirts sporting some powerful advocacy messages for men, women and children in our communities. While t-shirts are given free of charge to the Survivors who helped us develop the messaging on…...

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Meet Our Intern: McKenzie Swain

McKenzie Swain joined the Embrace Dignity team in May of this year and will spend the next two months with us to improve her knowledge on and experience of what it takes to successfully manage a non-governmental organisation advocating for the rights of women that are prostituted and trafficked for…...

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Advocating At The Community Level

Mobilising prostituted persons to advocate for their rights across South Africa Mickey Meji, responsible for Civic Advocacy, the Survivor Empowerment and Support Programme (SESP) and Kwanele, recently spent two weeks in the Eastern Cape and Gauteng along with Embrace Dignity Communication and Social Media intern, Thabo Tshelane, Executive Director, Nozizwe…...

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Advocating At A Global Level

Drawing on Sweden’s pioneering work in prostitution law reform Embrace Dignity invited Per-Anders Sunesson, the Swedish Ambassador at Large For Combating Trafficking in Persons, to complement our presentation at a meeting with the Deputy Minister of Justice, the Hon John Jeffery. “We requested the meeting with the Honourable Mr Jeffery…...

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SALRC Report On Adult Prostitution Released

“Main recommendation for law reform on adult prostitution will be ineffective”  On 26 May, the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services, Adv Michael Masutha, and the Deputy Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development, Mr John Jeffery, released the South African Law Reform Commission’s (SALRC) report on adult prostitution during a…...

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