June 15, 2017

Cape Town sex workers get their own clinic in a South African first


This post originally appeared on Times Live.

A first of its kind clinic for sex workers‚ with easy access to health care‚ counselling and legal services‚ has opened in Cape Town.

The Cym van Dyke Clinic is the only one of its kind in South Africa and is the result of collaboration between the Aids Health Foundation (AFH) and the Sex Worker Education and Advocacy Task Force‚ or Sweat.

The free clinic is next to the Sweat office in Observatory and is also open to the general public.

Sweat spokeswoman Jayne Arnott said the advantages came from links with other services the NGO offered. “For example‚ we offer legal services and have a peer-led programme that engages people selling sex individually and collectively around sexual health and rights — as well as access to Sisonke‚ the sex worker-led movement‚” she said.

The clinic is open from noon to 8pm daily to suit the working hours of most sex workers.

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