That prostitution has always been criminalised proved to me that patriarchy is still the sole ruler of South Africa. Prostitution is here to stay, right? Should these women not be empowered to access health care, security from the police and given the chance to live without the burden of a lifelong stigma attached to them? “Even if ‘this’ was not illegal anymore I would not feel better about doing it. I still would not be proud to tell my mother and friends, I would not feel safer when walking the streets at night and I don’t think the police would treat me any better if I were to report an assault, robbery or rape. My pimp would certainly not be more lenient,” Nthabi snapped when we asked for her thoughts on legalising sex work.