The Sex Worker Zine Project features work that was produced by 24 men, women and transgender participants who live and sell sex in the Limpopo and Mpumalanga provinces of South Africa. The project involved collaboration with the Sisonke Sex Worker Movement and the MoVE Project.
The zines feature a diverse and complex range of issues. While some of the zines focus on trajectories into sex work, many focus on other socially relevant and pressing lived experiences, such as, infrastructure needs in rural communities, migration histories, cultural traditions, family relationships and the call for the decriminalisation of sex work.
In a social-political context such as South Africa where sex work is criminalised and heteronormative pressures of conformity prevail, these zines offer an important intervention to counter the incomplete—and often inaccurate—representations of migrant men, women and transgender persons engaged in the selling of sex.