19 May 2010
joint press release by TLAC, SWEAT, Sisonke and Women’s Legal Centre
Abuse of power by local police in South Africa
On 17 and 18 May 2010 various human rights organisations and sex workers convened a meeting in Johannesburg to discuss strategies to address the frequent unlawful arrests and related human rights abuses faced by sex workers at the hands of police. Johannesburg Central Police Station in particular was highlighted as a major perpetrator of human rights violations. It was however noted that abuse of women and sex workers – and the related corruption perpetrated with impunity by the police – is systemic and prevalent in almost all cities from Johannesburg through to Rustenburg and Thohoyandou.
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