A female survivor: I wanted to escape but I didn’t know how to

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A female survivor: I wanted to escape but I didn’t know how to

After years of horrific treatment, Phindiswa Klaas says it is a 'violation of my human rights'

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For Phindiswa Klaas, 35, working in the sex trade was not something she had ever thought about. She had grown up in Engcobo in the Eastern Cape with her mother and four sisters.

“Then, in 1998, I moved to Cape Town with my father’s family,” she says.

Living in a household with 13 people in the the under-resourced area like Site B in Khayelitsha, Phindiswa had little hope that a great future awaited her. Then, she met a young man who soon became her boyfriend. ..

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