Malawi Sex Workers to Get Compensation Within 14 Days Over Forced HIV Tests

by Bidita Debnath on  May 22, 2015 at 12:48 AM AIDS/HIV News
RSS Email Print This Page Comment bookmark
Font : A-A+

A Malawi court has ruled that 11 prostitutes who were forced to take HIV tests by police six years ago will be awarded damages, a court official said citing a judgment.
Malawi Sex Workers to Get Compensation Within 14 Days Over Forced HIV Tests
Malawi Sex Workers to Get Compensation Within 14 Days Over Forced HIV Tests

The sex workers were rounded up in 2009 in the southern city of Mwanza, hauled to a government hospital for HIV testing without their consent and the results were disclosed in an open court.

High court judge Dorothy Kamanga ordered that the prostitutes "should be compensated and file for compensation within 14 days," according to the ruling handed down on Wednesday and read out to AFP by a court clerk.

The judge said actions by both police and health workers in subjecting the women to forced HIV tests, and disclosing their status without their consent, were "irrational, unjust, unfair and unreasonable. The authorities took advantage of the women being in police custody to force them to undergo the tests," she said.

The sex workers, who all tested positive for HIV and were set free after paying a fine equivalent to $7, sued the government for unfair action and violation of their privacy.

Chrispine Sibande, a lawyer who represented the plaintiffs, hailed the ruling as "a victory for sex workers who are usually abused every day."

The group will have to launch a separate court action to claim the damages. Health experts estimate that there are around 20,000 sex workers in Malawi.

Up to 10% of Malawi's 15 million people are HIV-positive and 500,000 of them are receiving free life-saving anti-retroviral drugs.

Source: AFP

Post a Comment

Comments should be on the topic and should not be abusive. The editorial team reserves the right to review and moderate the comments posted on the site.
Notify me when reply is posted
I agree to the terms and conditions

Related Links

More News on:

Oral Health And AIDS AIDS/HIV AIDS/HIV - Epidemiology AIDS/HIV - Clinical Features AIDS/HIV - Health Education AIDS/HIV - Prevention And Transmission AIDS / HIV - Treatment AIDS/HIV- Lab Tests and Faqs Sex Facts Prostitution: Fresh Stakes in the Oldest Trade 

News A - Z

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

News Search

Medindia Newsletters

Subscribe to our Free Newsletters!

Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.

Find a Doctor

Stay Connected

  • Available on the Android Market
  • Available on the App Store

Facebook

News Category

News Archive