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70 pct sex workers in South Africa abused by police: Study.

Johannesburg, Aug 23 ( ANI ): Nearly 70 percent of sex workers in South Africa have been abused by police, a study has revealed.

The study issued by the Sex Workers' Education and Advocacy Taskforce (Sweat), pointed out that 'the human rights abuse of sex workers in South Africa is alarming and demands immediate attention.'

"Sex workers experience violence during arrest by police officers, who routinely beat them, pepper spray them and sexually assault them," the study, based on interviews with 308 sex workers, mostly in Cape Town, by the Women's Legal Centre, revealed.

According to News24, the study included first-person narratives from people who recounted being forced to perform oral sex or being gang-raped by police officers.

The study found police officers did not identify themselves or wear name tags when committing their offences.

"Police officers commit these crimes with impunity. They remove their name tags so that sex workers are unable to identify them and they instil such fear in the sex workers that they are afraid to report these crimes to the authorities," the report said.

The study also revealed that sex workers were also open to exploitation for money.

In a case in Cape Town, police came to a sex worker's flat and asked for a bribe. ( ANI )

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