Siya Khumalo | Next #16Days: Politicians, business should champion the decriminalisation of sex work

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A woman shows support for sex workers.
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"Sell a nation or striking miners, and you're president: sell your own body, however, and you're arrested. That's the real Constitution of the Republic of South Africa," writes Siya Khumalo

Sex Workers Education and Advocacy Taskforce (Sweat) recently protested the arrests of 57 sex workers. This was near the end of the 16 Days of Activism for No Violence against Women and Children Campaign. 

Until we realise neocolonial economies reproduce sexual and gender-based violence, we'll deny that the difference between "normal" and "sex" work is a matter of degree (academic and otherwise) and we'll fail to leverage the campaign to grapple with the structural causes of sexual and gender-based violence. 

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