Inside Namibia’s gory world of prostitution

… amid growing calls to decriminalised sex

SEX workers are claiming that they are facing unprecedented levels of violence, stigma, discrimination among other human rights violations exacerbated by Covid-19 and have called for sex work to be decriminalised.

There are more than 30 000 sex workers in Namibia including immigrants going by statistics given by the local organisation, Rights not Rescue, which advocates for sex workers’ rights.

At 21h00 Sylvia Uushona (not real name) leaves her corrugated iron sheet shack on the outskirts of Windhoek in Oshitenda informal settlement headed to the heart of the Central Business District (CBD) in search of fortune among the affluent males of the capital who frequent the red-light zone behind a plush hotel in search of pleasure.

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