HPSIG Podcasts



HPSIG Podcast: The Health of Sex Workers in South Africa

by Dr Marlise Richter & Constance Mathe

In this episode we speak with Dr Marlise Richter and Constance Mathe of Sex Worker Education & Advocacy Taskforce (SWEAT) about the health of sex workers in South Africa and other sub-Saharan countries. They discuss the legal context of sex work in SA and the discrimination sex workers face, as well as the numerous barriers encountered when accessing healthcare. We then go on to consider the possible effects these issues may have on sex workers’ physical and mental health, as well as the effects this may have on broader society. Lastly, Marlise and Constance explore the possibility of decriminalisation of sex work, as well as other interventions which show promise in reducing the negative outcomes experienced by such individuals.
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