Making sex work safer can slow down the rate of new HIV infections and also address gender-based violence, studies have shown.
Sex workers in South Africa want their profession decriminalised, a view supported by many medical professionals and civil society organisations.
Sex workers in the country want their profession to be decriminalised so that they can access health services without being discriminated against.
After almost two decades, the South African Law Reform Commission chose fiction over facts.
Human rights and access to healthcare remain paramount in the country's response.