PlusNews Examines Initiative to Reduce Number of Sex Workers in Malawi by Offering Small-Business Loans
November 19, 2009
PlusNews examines a plan in Malawi that would "offer prostitutes low-interest loans to start small businesses in return for abandoning sex work. ... The plan aims to economically empower female sex workers and reduce the spread of HIV, but critics question whether it can achieve either of these goals when there are so few opportunities for Malawian women to earn more than they do from prostitution." The article explores previous initiatives to reduce the number of sex workers in other countries as well as the difficulties former sex workers commonly face when trying to find alternative sources of income. Additionally, the article details debates over the decriminalization of sex work (11/17).
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