New report on female, male and trans sex workers’ human rights in Botswana, Namibia and South Africa

10/07/2009 at 08:44 Leave a comment

Jayne Arnott and Anna-Louise Crago are the authors of a new Open Society Institute report that looks at female, male and trans sex workers’ human rights in Botswana, Namibia and South Africa.

The study is based on interviews and focus groups with 89 adults who have chosen sex work as their primary occupation. They work throughout the region on streets and highways, at truck stops, in brothels and agencies, or near mines and migrant settlements. Interviews were also conducted with 11 nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) in the region that work with sex workers. In addition to documenting widespread human rights abuses against sex workers, the report describes innovative organizing tactics among sex workers to redress these rights violations. The report highlights opportunities for NGOs, governments, donors, and UN agencies to expand rights-based approaches to sex work that will ultimately improve the health and well-being of sex workers.”

Listen to interviews with sex workers in Botswana and Namibia which were recorded as part of the report’s launch.

Download the report from the Open Society Institute website.

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