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It was about 8pm on a cool spring evening when the white police van shuddered to a halt alongside Nosipho Vidima. She was at her usual post in the tree-lined street in Morningside, Durban. She recognised the police officer.
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Mickey Meji opposes the decriminalisation of prostitution. Meji works as advocacy manager at Embrace Dignity, a nonprofit organisation that provides support to women escaping prostitution.
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Mickey Meji speaks at the world congress against sexual exploitation of women and girls in Germany. Buthelezi accuses Zulu king's siblings of attempts to torpedo his 'wishes and Latest Videos. 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.
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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. Next Article.
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. 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. 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".
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