Sex Worker Rights

SALC’s Sex Worker Rights programme has the following objectives:

  • To assert accountability for police abuse of sex workers.
  • To assert sex workers’ rights to form an association and to engage in protests.
  • To challenge incorrect interpretations of offences, including the offence of living on the earnings of prostitution.
  • To challenge offences used to arbitrarily target sex workers and other marginalised groups.

Current Cases:

Nigeria: Challenging unlawful arrests of sex workers and police abuse.
Nigeria: Challenging police arrest practices.

Completed Cases:

Malawi: Case challenging the use of the offence of living on the earnings of prostitution to arrest sex workers.
Malawi: Case challenging constitutionality of rogue and vagabond offence.
Malawi: Case challenging mandatory HIV testing of women.
Zimbabwe: Case challenging the refusal to allow sex workers to march.
Malawi: Case challenging arbitrary arrest of sex workers.

29 Mar 2021 Staff Writer
Joint Stakeholder Submission: Universal Periodic Review of Tanzania...

In March 2021, an anonymous human rights defender from Tanzania, SALC and SRI made a joint stakeholders submission for the…

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10 Mar 2021 Staff Writer
Petty Offences Newsletter: November 2020 to February 2021 Activities...

The quarterly digest of petty offences campaign activities for November 2020 to February 2021 is in three languages, English, Portuguese…

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22 Feb 2021 Staff Writer
The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on sex workers in Southern Africa...

In October 2020, SALC conducted a mapping exercise in some countries in the SADC region (Botswana, Namibia, Eswatini, Tanzania, Zambia,…

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25 Jan 2021 Amanda Shivamba
Joint Stakeholder Submission to the UNHRC for the LOIPR to be considered in rela...

The Malawi Centre for Human Rights Education, Advice and Assistance (CHREAA), the Southern Africa Litigation Centre (SALC), Reprieve and Irish…

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20 Dec 2019 Anneke Meerkotter
NIGERIA COURT ORDERS LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES TO UPHOLD SEX WORKERS’ RIGHTS...

20 December 2019, Abuja – On 18 December 2019, the Federal High Court of Nigeria, Abuja Division, per Justice Nyako,…

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20 Dec 2019 Anneke Meerkotter
Nigeria: Challenge to arbitrary arrest of women during sweeping exercises...

Factual Background At 11pm on 22 February 2017, the Joint Task Force broke down the doors of the homes of…

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18 Oct 2019 Anneke Meerkotter
Eswatini: Summary of the Sexual Offences and Domestic Violence Act...

The Rights4All Project, under its My Body My Rights Campaign, published a booklet which summarises the provisions of the Sexual…

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16 Aug 2019 Anneke Meerkotter
ESWATINI: SEX WORKERS & THE LAW...

The Rights4All Project, as part of its My Body My Rights Campaign, has produced leaflets on the laws which can…

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