In South Africa, in recent times there have been campaigns to rethink attitudes and policy on transactional sex. (Photo/Steve Lambert/Flickr).

Is Sex Work Always A Case Of Sexual Violence? No, It Can Be A Strategy For Advancement – Scholar

SCHOLAR Dorothea Hillhorst, responding to Irinnew’s recent #MeToo column, argues that transactional sex, very common in crisis settings, can be a way to survive, a “livelihood”, and humanitarian agencies need to rethink how they look at it.

Sex work may be triggered by poverty and distress, and is often violent, exploitative, and risky, Hillhorst acknowledges – but it can also be “consensual yet transactional”.                                                                         For example, it could stem from “the desire to advance in education or careers”, she writes in “Emergency sexwork: should NGOs recognize transactional sex as livelihood strategy?” on the bliss blog, drawing on her research in Congo.

Humanitarian agencies should start “respecting the agency of people engaging in transactional sex and [consider] offering protection and services”, she concludes.

-IRIN

 

 

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