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.

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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21 May 2019 Anneke Meerkotter
Nigeria: Challenge to arbitrary arrest of women during sweeping exercises...

Factual Background The applicants were among 71 women who were arrested at various public spaces in Abuja between 17 and…

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10 Dec 2018 Anneke Meerkotter
Reflection on the Closing of Civic Spaces in Southern Africa...

From 14 to 16 November 2018, 100 human rights defenders from across Southern Africa met to discuss the closing of…

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30 Nov 2018 Staff Writer
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Local community groups working with populations vulnerable to HIV in Sub-Saharan Africa are making inroads into obtaining official recognition by…

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17 Jul 2018 Annabel Raw
SALC at the International AIDS Conference 2018...

SALC is attending AIDS 2018. See some highlights of our activities below.

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