COVID-19: South African Sex Workers Ask To Be Included Part Of “Essential Services” Amid Lockdown

South African Sex Workers Essential Service COVID-19 OnoBello

President Cyril Ramaphosa, the President of South Africa is being appealed upon by The Sex Workers Education and Advocacy Taskforce (SWEAT) and the National Movement of Sex Workers (Sisonke) to include them as an essential service during the coronavirus lockdown.

Lesego Tlhwale, a spokesperson from the Sex Workers Education and Advocacy Taskforce (Sweat) also spoke in an interview with ENCA TV, where she pleaded with the government to make urgent provision for sex workers to be included in the Temporary Employee Relief Scheme because they are also losing income.

The move comes three days after President Ramaphosa announced a nationwide 21-day lockdown and ordered South Africans to stay at home during this period to combat the spread of the coronavirus.

According to SWEAT and Sisonke, sex workers remain the most marginalized of all workers, whose work is “not recognized as work” in South Africa. The organizations also lamented their loss of income due to the coronavirus outbreak.

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