Sex work summit to discuss law reform report
Publish date: 12 February 2018
Issue Number: 761
Diary: IBA Legalbrief Africa
Category: South Africa
The multi-party women's caucus in Parliament is to hold a summit on sex work on 5 March following the ANC's resolution to have the practice decriminalised, News24 says. The summit will hear from stakeholders on the SA Law Reform Commission's report, Sexual Offences: Adult Prostitution, which was released in May 2017 by Justice Minister Michael Masutha. The women's caucus said the full decriminalisation of sex work was the only way to protect the rights of sex workers and address the HIV/Aids crisis. Caucus chairperson Masefele Morutoa said the caucus had received huge interest from members of the public who wished to comment on the matter. The Department of Justice and Correctional Services, tasked with formulating a policy framework and thereafter a Bill in furtherance of the resolution on sex work, will also play a pivotal role in this summit. Interested stakeholders can make written submissions until 26 February.