The South African authorities should also reform or repeal overly broad laws and bylaws prohibiting loitering and related offenses used to criminalise and harass sex workers. The South African Police Service should investigate abuses by its officers against sex workers, including sexual exploitation, extortion, and harassment, and place a moratorium on arrests until a new law is passed. All but three were single mothers, many of whom supported three or more people with their work. Many of the interviewees had been raped by men purporting to be clients, and almost all had been victims of robbery or serious violence, including being beaten, whipped, and stabbed. Some sex workers also reported that arrest and detention interrupted their essential HIV treatment. They said that to avoid police harassment they were compelled to work in dangerous areas like dark parks, bushy areas behind bars, or back roads in towns where they felt unsafe. August 7, News Release. Sex workers also reported being sexually exploited by police and forced to pay bribes to officers. Help us continue to fight human rights abuses.
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