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“Very Organised and Hard to Detect”: Challenges of Policing Male Sex Work in Bostwana

Mashumba, Lesedi, AMAGNYA, Moses and Akinlabi, Oluwagbenga Michael (2022) “Very Organised and Hard to Detect”: Challenges of Policing Male Sex Work in Bostwana. In: Policing and the Rule of Law in Sub-Saharan Africa. Routledge Contemporary Africa, 1 . Routledge, London, pp. 91-109. ISBN 978-0367693855

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Sex work and the sex tourism industry are two growing phenomena in Botswana. This includes a growing of male sex work (MSW) that is characterised by secrecy and threat of violence. Indeed, MSW is often misconstrued as same-sex relationships that involve men with other men. Religious doctrines and government policies often fuel this misconception. However, there is a lack of research on how MSW is regulated legally and policed. This chapter addresses this gap by exploring 30 male sex workers, three non-governmental organisations working with male sex workers, and two police officers’ views of legislation and the policing of MSW through interviews. The results show that policing MSW in Botswana is characterised by three major challenges: an unclear fuzzy legal system, challenges with detecting MSW, and an absence of legal reforms to regulate and make sex work safe. This study concludes that authorities in Botswana need to amend existing legislation to cater to the growing sex industry so that sex workers, especially males, can be protected and safeguarded.

Item Type: Book Chapter, Section or Conference Proceeding
Faculty: School of Law, Policing and Forensics > Forensic Sciences and Policing
Depositing User: Moses AMAGNYA
Date Deposited: 26 Oct 2022 08:32
Last Modified: 24 Feb 2023 14:04
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