Sex Work and Human Rights in Africa
Fordham University School of Law
Laura A. Smith
International Center for Transitional Justice
Fordham International Law Journal, Vol. 33, p. 1178, 2010
Fordham Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 1710654
This Article serves as the first law review essay to engage the feminist debates regarding sex work and human rights in the African context. The Article surveys “antiprostitution” and “pro-sex-worker” feminist arguments and activities in sub-Saharan Africa; explores the debate surrounding the legal frameworks of legalization, decriminalization, prohibition, and abolition of prostitution in a number of African countries including Senegal, where prostitution is legal and regulated, and South Africa where prostitution remains illegal despite civil society advocacy for decriminalization; and calls for the empowerment of African sex workers by arguing for a human rights-based transformation in African governments' legal and policy posture towards sex work.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 36Accepted Paper Series
Date posted: November 17, 2010
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