Moves to legalise sex jobs take knock

Prostitution has negative impact on country, says deputy minister.

Moves to decriminalise sex work may come to nothing if comments by Justice Deputy Minister John Jeffery are anything to go by. Yesterday, Jeffery told a meeting in Johannesburg to address HIV infection among sex workers that decriminalising sex work could have negative consequences for the country.

“We don’t want to encourage sex work. We don’t want to invite people from other countries to come to South Africa to try and earn their trade in this way,” he said.

“We also don’t want South Africa to be seen as a sex work tourist venue.”

Social Development Deputy Minister Hendrietta Bogopane-Zulu also warned the sex workers that their trade was still illegal in the country.

– Nomawazi Nkosi

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