This African country gives sex workers identification cards, here’s why

Many female sex workers in sub-Saharan Africa face discrimination, violence, and marginalization in the course of work.

With poor healthcare and anti-prostitution laws, many of these sex workers often risk contracting several sexually transmitted diseases including the deadly HIV/AIDS.

But in Senegal, the government has come up with distinctive ways to regulate the activities of sex workers to curtail such challenges.

According to a report by news site The Economist, the government gives these women identification cards to confirm them as sex workers and to enable them to have access to free healthcare, condoms, and education.

Under the country’s laws, a woman has the right to work in the sex trade if she is over 21.

She has to undergo mandatory health check-ups every month to ensure that…

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