Is commercialised sex a crime? Or should only those who sell their services be free of criminal prosecution while those who patronise them or who benefit in any way financially, remain guilty of a crime? Alternatively, should commercial sex be regarded as work, be decriminalised, and be subject to broadly the same labour legislation as any other legitimate means of earning a living.?
These questions were brought to the fore in South Africa over recent weeks following the call by the international human rights group, Amnesty International, to decriminalise “sex work”. Cureently, in South Africa, all aspects of commercial sex are regarded as criminal.
Below, in four segments, is a video discussion featuring Jeremy Routledge of Embrace Dignity (who support partial decriminalisation) and Sally Shackleton of the Sex Workers Education and Advocacy Taskforce (full decriminalisation):