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," www.sweat.org.za, Apr. 17, 2012