Sex work

The Safe Haven Halfway Home – Mauritius

The Halfway Home is a temporary shelter for teenage girls who are homeless due to abuse and rejection from family members. The Home welcomes residents coming from the Rehabilitation Youth Centre (RYC) in Mauritius and other children shelters. Reaching the age of 18, these teenage girls are no longer under the responsibility of the Gender […]

Changing Lives – Stories of Safe Haven Halfway Home Residents

Below are the stories of our residents : Dola* our first resident is 18 years old originally from Terre Rouge. At 13 she started smoking synthetic drugs and ran away from her home. She was locked in the Rehabilitation Youth Centre (RYC) (children prison), for one year and as soon as she got out, she […]

Will SA be the first African country to pass effective laws to end prostitution?

While it is widely acknowledged that existing laws governing prostitution in South Africa have done little for the well-being of people in prostitution in this country, it has still taken several years for any progress to be made regarding the amendment of laws pertaining to the sex trade. While the release of the South African […]

June 11, 2017 Themes: Sex work Programs: SADC Gender Protocol & Alliance

Directory of health systems research: Reproductive health research in South Africa

It is necessary to ensure there is no duplication in research as well as a to link new researchers to experienced ones. and therefore this directory of reproductive health systems research was compiled. It covers adolescent sexuality, teenage pregnancy, contraception and family planning and maternal and child health. There is a lso a section on […]

Bleak future faces children raised in pubs_Malawi News_April 25-May 1, 2016

Bleak future faces children raised in pubs_Malawi News_April 25-May 1, 2016

Name of article:  Bleak future faces children raised in pubs Name of Publication: Malawi News Date: April 25-May 1, 2016 Country: Malawi Genre: Newspaper article GEM Classification: Blatant Stereotype Skill: Portrayal Theme: sex worker The story is about some commercial sex workers in Mzuzu who are raising their children in pubs to earn a living. […]

South Africa: Even the work place is not safe for women

South Africa: Even the work place is not safe for women

Johannesburg, 8 December: In addition to providing income for women, work can pave the way for broader social and economic advancement, strengthening individuals, their families and communities.

‘Des prosituees arretees dans une Guest House a Flacq’_Le Defi Quotidien_ 6 April 2015

‘Des prosituees arretees dans une Guest House a Flacq’_Le Defi Quotidien_ 6 April 2015

Name of article: ‘Des prosituees arretees dans une Guest House a Flacq’ Name of publication: Le Defi Quotidien Date: 6 April 2015 country: Mauritius Theme: sex work GEM Classification: Blatant Stereotype Genre: News Skill: Language This article explains on a case whereby prostitutes were caught red handed in a guest house in the east of […]

Taxi ‘sugar daddies’ and taxi queens: male taxi driver attitudes regarding transactional relationships in the Western Cape, South Africa

Media reports are emerging on the phenomenon of young girls who travel with older mini-bus taxi drivers, and who are thought to have sex with the drivers in exchange for gifts and money. The extent to which such relationships might facilitate unsafe sexual
practices and increased risks for both the men and the young women, often referred to as taxi queens, remains an important question in the light of the current challenges of HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa. However, very little research has been undertaken on this issue, especially regarding the perceptions and experiences of taxi drivers. Thus this paper aims to provide some preliminary findings on taxi drivers’ attitudes and beliefs about taxi queens and their relationships with taxi drivers. A 22-item questionnaire was administered to 223 male taxi drivers in two regions in the Western Cape Province, South Africa. Taxi drivers in this study largely saw the relationship between taxi drivers and the young girls who ride with them as providing status for both the girls and drivers, and there seemed to be recognition of the transactional nature of the relationship between taxi drivers and taxi queens. The stigmatisation of young girls who ride with taxi drivers was evident. Drivers had knowledge and awareness of the risks of unsafe sex and supported condom use, although there appeared to be some uncertainty and confusion about the likelihood of HIV infection between drivers and girls. While taxi drivers recognised the role of alcohol in relationships with young girls, they seemed to deny that the abuse of drugs was common. The study highlights a number of key areas that need to be explored with men in the taxi industry, in order to address risk behaviours for both taxi drivers and the
girls who ride with them.

Sex workers gendered subjectivities: bodies, sexuality, love, and desire among sex workers in Hillbrow

This paper aims to provide an in-depth insight into sex workers’ perceptions of their bodies, and their experiences and constructions of gender, sexuality, love, and desire within the sex work industry that is risk prone and criminalized. Gendered subjectivities are more complicated than the dominant research on sex work exposes especially when we consider Butler’s conceptualization of the precarious ‘nature’ of life and the vulnerability of bodies. This paper argues that there is something valuable and ‘touching’ when exploring the complex ways in which the women in this study claimed autonomy over their selves and their bodies; and how they constructed and attached pride to their identities in a context where society ‘denies’ them dignity and objectifies them because of the ‘deviant’ work that they do. This is done by focusing on narratives from sex workers, who worked in Hillbrow, regarding their bodily experiences and the way that they perceive various roles that they play in their lives, particularly motherhood.

Na Africa do Sul: Embrace Dignity Advoga pelo Fim da Prostituição

Na Africa do Sul: Embrace Dignity Advoga pelo Fim da Prostituição

Maputo, 11 de Setembro: Uma organização não-governamental sul-africana dos direitos humanos da mulher, sem fins lucrativos, estÁ¡ a trabalhar, desde 2010 – ano do mundial de futebol na África do Sul, na inserção de mulheres que tencionam abandonar a prostituição.