Work with sex workers began as a social work student action under the guidance of Gay Association of South Africa and UCT social work department in 1990
In 1994, Shane Petzer, a male sex worker and the founding member of SWEAT, developed a project that became ASET (AIDS Support, Education and Training), establishing a NGO service organisation focusing on education around safer-sex practices for adult sex workers.
SWEAT expanded and became independent in 1996, and is registered as a non-profit organisation.
We lobby and advocate for the decriminalisation of adult sex work in South Africa. Our website is an educational site about sex-worker rights and issues.
SWEAT is at the cutting edge of sex worker advocacy, human rights defence and mobilisation in Africa. SWEAT has determined the discussions on a legal adult sex work industry where sex work is acknowledged as work, and where sex workers have a strong voice, which informs and influences wider social debates.
Physical address: 19 Anson Street, Observatory 7925, Cape Town
Postal address: PO Box 373,Woodstock, 7925
Tel: 021 448 7875
Fax: 021 448 7578
Helpline: 0800 60 60 60