“The decriminalisation of sex work could avert HIV infections by 33- 46% in the next decade, according to a new study published in The Lancet, the world’s leading medical journal.”
July 29, 2014 (Cape Town) –The Sex Worker Education and Advocacy Taskforce (SWEAT) and Sisonke National Sex Worker Movement of South Africa welcome the imperative finding of the research series on HIV and Sex workers.
The Journal’s special edition on sex work was launched at the 2014 AIDS Conference held in Melbourne, Australia. The research highlighted that, “the women, men, and transgender people who sell sex globally have disproportionate risks and burdens of HIV in countries of low, middle, and high income, and in concentrated and generalised epidemic contexts.”
Decriminalisation of sex work was found to have the greatest potential effect on HIV infections. Addressing violence alone was not enough “in one week in Cape Town alone, we have been dealing with the murder of 2 sex workers – it is not enough to investigate these murders - we must redirect policing resources from persecuting sex workers to protecting sex workers” said Sally-Jean Shackleton, Director SWEAT.