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Johannesburg – Gauteng’s education department has announced it will end the sex trade outside of Pretoria West High School.
It follows a public outcry over sex workers plying their trade outside of school, as the Pretoria News reported on Monday.
“We know prostitutes plying their trade near the school. In 2014, we removed them with the help of the police and the community police forum. It is a pity that they have returned, “said spokesperson Oupa Bodibe.
School management also said sex workers exposed students to sexual activity and attracted criminal elements to the area.
Young students were exposed to methods used by sex workers to attract clients, such as pulling up their dresses and exposing their bodies.
In makeshift structures made of tarpaulins and plastic boxes at the border of the school fence, sex workers engage in all manner of illicit activities.
“We held a meeting Thursday at the school with the neighborhood councilor, community policing forum and the police,” Bodibe said.
He said the department urged sex workers in the region to cooperate so that learning and teaching can take place in a safe and secure environment.
The sex worker education and advocacy task force said it wanted the sex worker displacement process to be well managed.
He also wanted to be assured that the rights of sex workers would not be violated.
News from Pretoria