ASWA expresses solidarity with our member in South Africa Sisonke, the national movement of sex workers to condemn the sentiments conveyed by United Nations Executive Director Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka saying ‘’we do not think that this is something that most women do out of the love for this job, this is the most desperate job and most unhealthy thing and the most undignified thing to any women.’’
Sex workers voluntarily choose sex work and are not forced by anyone as opposed to the case with human trafficking where consent is not engaged. We choose sex work because sex work is work and it provides support for us and our families. Sex work builds economies just like any other work. Therefore imputing that sex workers are desperate and doing unhealthy and undignified thing is totally uncalled for.
Sex workers personally choose sex work as it is a personal decision which MUST be RESPECTED.