RNRT organization meets City Police Chief, demand decriminalization of sex work

WINDHOEK: The Rights Not Rescue Trust (RNRT) organisation which represents sex workers in Namibia met with the Chief of the City Police, Abraham Kanime yesterday demanding the decriminalisation of sex work.

The trust is not happy with a draft municipal by-law that will give the City Police the authority to arrest sex workers and their clients.

RNRT spokesperson Nikodemus ‘Mama Africa’ Aoxamub said the trust is not afraid to seek legal assistance and will do so once the municipal by-law is gazetted.

Speaking at a media briefing at the City Police headquarters, Aoxamub alleged that the by-law was drafted without any consultation or inclusion of sex workers and that they only found out about it in March this year.

According to the RNRT, all stakeholders were consulted when the City of Windhoek drew up the Strategic Framework on HIV/AIDS for 2013-2016, an example which they say the City Police, which they assume drafted the by-law, should follow.

Kanime however said he was not aware of the exclusion of the organisation or lack of representation and said the City Police is only a law-enforcement body and not a law-making body.

The platform was created for sex workers to speak openly about issues concerning them, amongst others by making recommendations on the draft by-law.