oa ESR Review : Economic and Social Rights in South Africa - Are sex workers entitled to socio-economic rights? Separating myth from reality : feature

Volume 10, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 1684-260X



Socio-economic rights encompass the basic entitlements of all people in South Africa to social and economic goods and services and provide an important mechanism for the attainment of social justice. By virtue of their inherent human dignity, sex workers are entitled to all the socio-economic rights enshrined in the Constitution. Yet the realisation of these rights is compromised daily by police prosecution, social stigma and gender-based violence. In fact, sex workers' economic, social and physical vulnerability in South African society is created, sustained and exacerbated by outdated laws that criminalise 'sex for reward'.

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