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Sex work is criminalized in South Africa, and sex workers face routine harassment, intimidation, and even abuse from police.
One organization is helping them gain the legal skills they need to fight back.
The benefits of legal advice that comes from members of the community itself are clear. “We understand the difficulties and obstacles that sex workers encounter on a daily basis,” says Anita, a paralegal. “We personally know how violent police can be towards sex workers, so we can offer advice.”
Male, female, and transgender sex workers receive legal information and advice, and assistance with court hearings, bail applications, and filing complaints about police abuse.
“My favorite part is motivating and helping sex workers to contest their fines for something that we believe is work—not crime,” another paralegal, Ncumisa, explains.
Paralegals play a vital role in supporting those who left outside the protections of the law. They can help make human rights real.
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