Op-Ed: Transgender sex workers – when the system denies them equality and power

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There is a dangerous assumption that the South African health department’s sex worker programmes are able to assist all sex workers. However, the reality is that while all sex workers experience tough challenges such as harassment, police brutality, and abuse from clients in their line of work, transgender sex workers face even greater challenges including discrimination from society as well as from fellow sex workers. By THUTHUKILE MBATHA.

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