South Africa

Thousands of prostitutes for World Cup

A news article from www.iol.co.za on the 4th March 2010. This story is from the sports pages and addresses concerns that the World Cup will lead to women entering South Africa to work in the sex industry. It is reported that the Central Drug Authority believe that 40,000 women will enter the country - many from Eastern Europe. UNODC are reported as questioning the source of the 40,000 figure.

Sex work and the 2010 FIFA World Cup: time for public health imperatives to prevail

An article in Globalization and Health by Richter M L, Chersich M F, Scorgie F, Luchters S, Temmerman M and Steen R. The authors address the issue of commercial sex in relation to the upcoming football World Cup which will be hosted by South Africa. They argue that laws that criminalise sex work not only compound sex workers’ individual risk for HIV, but also compromise broader public health goals. They suggest that a moratorium on the enforcement of laws that persecute and victimise sex workers during the World Cup period.

Trying to give sex workers safer alternatives

A news story on PlusNews that explores plans to offer sex workers loans in return for exiting sex work. It explores the debate about rights vs rehabilitation with reference to the OSI report 'Rights not Rescue', research by SWEAT and interventions run by the Reproductive Health & HIV Research Unit (RHRU) of the University of Witwatersrand, in Johannesburg .

The Social Conditions for Successful Peer Education: A Comparison of Two HIV Prevention Programs Run by Sex Workers in India and South Africa

An article by Cornish F & Campbell C in the American journal of community psychology, 44 (1-2). pp. 123-135. ISSN 0091-0562. Peer education is a community-based intervention being implemented worldwide as an approach to HIV prevention. However, its results are inconsistent, with little consensus on why some projects succeed while others fail.

Our Lives Matter: Sex Workers Unite for Health and Rights

A report by Crago A-L published by the Open Society Institute. The publication highlights the creative ways in which sex workers in eight countries have organized to defend their human rights and health

Sex Workers

A chapter by Ramjee G in Abdool Karim S. S. 'HIV/AIDS in South Africa', Cambridge University Press. The author provides an overview of the dynamics of sex work and HIV in Africa arguing that heightened risk is not only due to high risk sexual behaviour but also to social conditions, limited knowledge of HIV and high prevalence of STIs. The success of interventions targeted at sex workers and their clients depends on understanding the social context.

Trials and Tribulations of HIV Prevention Research

A news story, from PlusNews, that explores why South African women have volunteered in their thousands to participate in clinical trials for microbicides. It also explains why they might drop out of the study before its completion.

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