By Melusi Mlotsa | 2019-02-22
The Voice of Voices, known as the sex workers association, has complained about ill-treatment by members of the police service.
The sex workers association was speaking yesterday during the launch of the‘My Body My Rights Campaign” hosted by the European Commission.
The event was held at Bethel Court (Ezulwini).
Lungile Khumalo, the director of the association, decried the way police treated them when they were doing their work along the streets. She said time had come for them to stand up for their rights as sex workers.
“We are being treated unfairly by the police as they arrest us while executing our duties and the problem is that we are not given receipts after paying fines. We now want those receipts,’’ she said.
Lungile was accompanied by Simangele Dlamini and Bongekile Ntshangase.
“When police arrest us on the streets, we’re detained for almost 24 hours, which is not good in the sense that some of our colleague sex workers are on ARVs. The problem is that, they do not have access to the medication while in custody,’’ she said.
She further said violation of women’s sexual and reproductive health rights is often engrained in societal values pertaining women sexuality.
“Phansi ngekuhlukubetwa kwema sex worker,’’ she said much to the amusement of the participants.
Meanwhile, Chakaza Mfati’s Dlalisile Kunene said they were fighting against the abuse of women and children.
“We support this campaign and we say no to abuse of women,’’ she said.
Sanele Mdluli, a mental health expert, said she had noted with concern that about 80 per cent of women were emotionally abused.
She said it was imperative for people to take care of their health and urged women to come together in the fight against abuse.
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