South African sex workers demand to be listed as essential service during the lockdown


The Sex Workers Education and Advocacy Taskforce (Sweat) and the National Movement of Sex Workers in South Africa (Sisonke) are appealing to President Cyril Ramaphosa to include sex workers as an essential service during the coronavirus lockdown.

The move comes three days after President Ramaphosa announced a nationwide 21-day lockdown and ordered South Africans to stay at home during this period to combat the spread of the coronavirus.

However, Lesego Tlhwale, a spokesperson from the Sex Workers Education and Advocacy Taskforce (Sweat) also spoke in an interview with ENCA TV, where she pleaded with the government to make urgent provision for sex workers to be included in the Temporary Employee Relief Scheme because they are also losing income. 

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