'Jesus was the first to decriminalise sex work' - banner at Cape Town church

2018-03-02 05:31
Reverend Alan Storey and members of Asijiki hoist a banner saying “Jesus was the first to decriminalise sex work” on the Central Methodist Church in Greenmarket Square. (Aidan Jones, GroundUp)

Reverend Alan Storey and members of Asijiki hoist a banner saying “Jesus was the first to decriminalise sex work” on the Central Methodist Church in Greenmarket Square. (Aidan Jones, GroundUp)

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Cape Town - Reverend Alan Storey of the Central Methodist Mission, together with members of the Asijiki Coalition for the Decriminalisation of Sex Work, on Thursday hoisted a banner over the church steeple in support of the decriminalisation of sex work.

The banner, which read "Jesus was the first to decriminalise sex work", is part of the church's Yellow Banner Theology, according to a recent GroundUp report.

"What the criminalisation of sex work has done is make a vulnerable group of people even more vulnerable," said Storey.

"The unintended consequences of criminalising sex work are horrific."

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"This makes sex workers more vulnerable to sexually transmitted diseases."

He said this can make it difficult for sex workers to access health services and law enforcement.

"They say that sex work is something demonic … They pray for sex workers to leave sex work."

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Storey admitted that "very often it is the religious community more than any other community, and specifically the Christian church, that promotes criminalisation [of sex work]."

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"They [SALRC] are recommending continual criminalisation and partial criminalisation, but no decriminalisation," said Tlhwale.

She said Sweat would be contesting these recommendations.

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