The South African Law Reform Commission’s Discussion Paper on Sexual Offences: Adult Prostitution believes that it is essential to involve all stakeholders in the consideration of the appropriate legal response to sex work in the country.
Sex workers are women, men and transgendered people who receive money or goods in exchange for sexual services, and who consciously define those activities as income generating even if they do not consider sex work as their occupation (Ward et al., 2005). This industry has been blamed over the years for playing a vast role in sustaining and expanding HIV epidemics, albeit in different ways and rates. The National Strategic Plan for HIV Prevention, Care and Treatment for Sex Workers (2013) disclose that sex workers have been stigmatized and discriminated against; hence they find it difficult to access health and protection services.
Our placement site is the Greater Durban YMCA. The first time we went there, we had a board meeting with the Manager, Mr Ian Booth, and the staff members that report to him. They explained to us what the YMCA is, and how it came to being, as well as its mandate in the world. They told us that the YMCA (Young Men’s Christian Association) is an international organization, that operates on over. Each member explained to us the different activities that they run at the YMCA, and how they seek to empower the marginalized communities through those programs
Having many sex partners, working in dangerous environments and facing hurdles to discussing the use of condoms, place sex workers in South Africa at a great risk of getting HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs). The sex workers often have limited control over these factors because of social marginalisation and the criminalisation of sex work. Other related factors that further exacerbate their vulnerability to HIV/AIDS and STDs is alcohol, drug use and violence. The majority of sex workers’ clients happen to be men who have both commercial and non-commercial sex partners, are contributory in bringing HIV infection into this...