SEVERAL organisations that attended a summit organised by parliament’s multi-party women’s caucus called for the decriminalisation of sex work.

The summit was held in Cape Town yesterday.

The organisations said the only way to protect the dignity of sex workers was to declare prostitution lawful.

Sex worker Duduzile Dlamini from Mothers for the Future said: “What we want is to be protected by the police. I want to remain in the industry. Do I deserve to be raped or assaulted because I’m a sex worker?

“We want decriminalisation because it will make our jobs easier.”

Representatives from the Congress of South African Trade Unions said government needs to create a safe working environment for prostitutes.

They suggested government bridge the gap between sex workers and institutions such as the Unemployment Insurance Fund so they can receive benefits if they are injured on the job.