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Ntokozo Yingwana Biography

Advocacy Officer with the Sex Workers Education and Advocacy Taskforce (SWEAT)
Pro to the question "Should Prostitution Be Legal?"

“Laws that criminalise sex work, in whole or part, remove the sex worker’s own agency. Instead they aim to disempower sex workers, and prevent them from exercising their labour and human rights…

…[D]ecriminalisation will bring in stronger laws to protect individuals against coerced sex work, human trafficking and sexual exploitation of minors. The key benefit of decriminalisation is a vast improvement in the relationship between police and sex workers, to the point that sex workers become key information sources in attempts to uncover human trafficking. Currently, sex workers are afraid to do so, because they risk arrest…

To waste taxpayers money compelling the police to enforce an unjust and unworkable law against sex work is plain outlandish.”

“Why Sex Work Should Be Decriminalized,”, Apr. 17, 2012

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Advocacy Officer, Sex Workers Education and Advocacy Taskforce (SWEAT), (South Africa), Oct. 2010-present
  • Runs digital storytelling workshops for sex workers
  • Former Digital Accounts Executive, New Media Publishing, May 2010-Sep. 2010
  • Former Social Media Community Manager,, 2008-2010
  • Former freelance online media consultant
  • Bachelor of Journalism, New Media Studies, Rhodes University (South Africa), 2007
  • Full name is Ntokozo Sibahle Yingwana
Quoted in:
  1. Does Legal Prostitution Lead to Human Trafficking and Slavery?