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Sex workers part of HIV national plan

2012-08-22 20:16

Johannesburg - Reaching out to sex workers as a population vulnerable to HIV is part of the country's strategic health plan, said SA National Aids Council CEO Fareed Abdullah on Wednesday.

He said part of the plan was to prevent new infections and this meant helping "key populations" who represented most of the new infections.

"These [efforts] will have a more profound effect going forward in key populations."

Abdullah said the plan recognised sex workers as a key population.

Department of health HIV prevention director Thato Chidarikire said about 19.8% of new HIV infections in South Africa were from sex workers.

Men, another key population, represented 9.2% of all new infections.

While the National Strategic Plan to combat HIV recognises sexworkers it came under criticism from the floor of the sex workers symposium in Boksburg.

Sex worker activist Shane Tetzer criticised it for not proposing decriminalisation of sex work.

"As a sex worker I don't find anything in this plan for decriminalisation," said Tetzer.

"How can you talk about outreach and an enabling environment without decriminalisation?"

Tetzer argued that without decriminalisation sex workers were vulnerable to exploitation and abuse from authorities including the police.

Abdullah acknowledged that decriminalisation was an important issue but said it had to be pushed through the legislative process.

"Let's not shout from the balcony and let's do things properly," Adbullah said.

Comments
  • crracker.crackerr - 2012-08-22 20:55

    Legalize sex work.

      altusvanzyl - 2012-08-22 20:59

      Wtf you sick bastard

      Leah - 2012-08-22 21:24

      I actually agree with Crracker. This is a service being sold between consenting adults. Not talking kiddie sex here. These women are risking life and limb walking the streets. Why not legalise it?

      maseratifittipaldi - 2012-08-22 21:24

      This is a cracking good idea! More jobs ! More in come tax ! A prostitution revolution! A fornication nation ! Viva ! Vulva ! No-one needs to be poor. We can fight poverty with perverty . We can firk each other and become rich. Who is going to spearhead this revolution? He will have to promote this thing viagarously.

      crracker.crackerr - 2012-08-22 21:30

      @ altusvanzyl You are the sick one. Sorry, but I can't change the obvious. Legalize sex work I say. The whole world is one large brothel. Would you like a little snap debate about it? Why not legalize sex work? A personal hang-up perhaps? What's it to do with you? Why would it hurt or disadvantage or DISEMPOWER you or your sex partner? Maybe your desperate cry of "sick bastard" has a deeper cause than you may realize. OK. I'll stop the speculation right here. But you must still answer the questions above. Waiting, you little squirrel. Quite frankly, what's it got to do with you?

      crracker.crackerr - 2012-08-22 21:36

      Misserati... Are you serious? Nobody suggested legalizing sex work work would solve the poverty problem. Unless of course you foresee that all around with incomes and assets are eagerly waiting for the day the law against sex work is lifted so they can get into real sharing of their material possessions. They are just waiting then, which somehow seems to lend support to my comment that the whole world is one huge whorehouse or brothel. I really expected better from you. You have the wit but clearly not the insight, IF your comment is serious. Sorry.

      maseratifittipaldi - 2012-08-22 21:48

      Serious? Who can say. I always thought it rather fanny that sex workers are known as such, but that their profession is illegal. So they get picked up by the cops, interrogated till the sun comes up and then dropped back on the corner without actually having made any money for that night. That is what should be illegal - to get laid and not to get paid.

      hendrikvs - 2012-08-22 22:14

      Should have been done a long time ago Crracker. They kind of profession where there will always be a need for. Better to take care of these people's health and protect them from abuse.

  • irfinlay - 2012-08-22 21:33

    Sex work, whether legalised/decriminalised or not, will still be part of the drug trade, which in turn is part of crimes such as house break-ins, motor theft, etc, which is part of the terrible consequences for drug addicts to themselves and their families.............. Must I go on? Come and live near to Voortrekker Road in the northern suburbs and see what kinds of women these "sex workers" are, their drug addiction, anti-social behaviour, etc. Their activities lead to urban decline. Legalisation/decriminalisation of "sex work" will only be of advantage to the drug dealers, definitely not to the women (who have to hand over nearly all of their earnings to their bosses) as you disingenuously claim to be concerned about. One last question - who is funding SWEAT, their advocacy organisation? I think the answer is obvious.

      crracker.crackerr - 2012-08-22 21:58

      @ irfinlay The sex workers are openly advertising themselves. There does not seem to be any effective policing of the trade/industry/occupation in any event. Not that there should be. Let people do with their little thingies as they like and if you wish to reward them for making you happy, why not? Truth: Jealousy and a protection of the same sexual arousements and pleasure against those pesky sex workers. Someone (quite a number of years ago) told me how he as a complaint officer at the Dept of Labour had to deal with a complaint by a sex worker against her employer (the pimp or whoever.) He was too slow for her with taking her statement so she told him to hurry up because it was almost again 2 pm for her to start work. More to be said on the subject? Stop the rose-tinted nonsense we are being fed. (Not you personally the commenter, now.) Sex is sex. We must not allow ourselves to be fooled. History and science shows us how overpowering it can be. To the point of even making you marry a miser (who is that altusvanzyl above again?)just for the sake of sex. Fact, my swaer, fact!

  • crracker.crackerr - 2012-08-22 22:10

    @ altusvanzyl What is it about sex that disgusts you so?

      hendrikvs - 2012-08-22 22:17

      Maybe perhaps possibly he fantasises about paying for sex?

      crracker.crackerr - 2012-08-22 22:27

      @ hendrikvs He and those so opposed to sex outside their little enclosures MUST tell the rest of us what the problems are they have with the sexual conduct of the rest of us. What has it to do with them? The floor has now been opened. Not only on this forum, one hopes. Let the flow for truth and reality start!

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