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A Cape Town survivor of abuse in the sex trade, Mickey Meji, is letting the world know she will not stand by as prostitution is decriminalised. Meji is speaking out at the third world congress against sexual exploitation of women and girls in Germany this week. Supporting her at the meeting is former deputy health minister Nozizwe Madlala-Routledge.
Meji works as advocacy manager at Embrace Dignity, a nonprofit organisation that provides support to women escaping prostitution.
In her speech at the congress in Germany's Mainz, she argued that all sex work harms women financially, psychologically and physically. Meji drew attention to an international debate surrounding the legalisation of prostitution. The Kwalene survivor movement, which she founded, wants SA to adopt an equality law under which sex workers would not be criminalised but those profiting from the sex trade, such as sellers and buyers, would be.
In a letter to the ANC she argued that full decriminalisation and recognition of prostitution as work would "in effect legitimise the exploitation of those made vulnerable by the inequalities the liberation struggle sought to end". Meji argues that women should have the same value within society as men, and a system where women are reliant on men for income will never create dignified work. Register Sign In. South Africa. Don't decriminalise sex work, former Cape Town prostitute tells world congress.
Mickey Meji opposes the decriminalisation of prostitution. Mickey Meji speaks at the world congress against sexual exploitation of women and girls in Germany. Image: Embrace Dignity. A dialogue day in Johannesburg touched on the various aspects of prostitution legalisation and the plight of people working in the trade.