Protect prostitutes, prosecute sex buyers

Masimanyane Women's Rights International and Embrace Dignity, represented by Nozizwe Madlala Routledge, are collaborating on a strategy for a campaign on the proposed equality legislation currently under consideration in South Africa. "Nozizwe and I agree that prostitution is a form of violence against women and both support the Nordic model where women are decriminalised and protected but the buyers of sex are prosecuted," Masimanyane Executive Director Lesley Ann Foster said. "We will never support the view that pimps, and by extension traffickers who force women and girls into the sex industry, should ever be considered "business men". The commodification of women's bodies must be stopped. We need economic policies that create viable work opportunities for women that give them dignity and respect."

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