Sex workers in Kenilworth and Tim Osrin - An inevitable clash?

Western Cape police confirmed on Saturday that more charges have been laid against swimming coach Tim Osrin, accused of assaulting a domestic worker.

Osrin appeared in the Wynberg Magistrate’s Court last week for allegedly assaulting domestic worker, Cynthia Joni, who he had claimed he had mistaken for a prostitute.

According to reports, a prostitute had now come forward to say she had been assaulted by Osrin.

The 32-year-old said Osrin first confronted her in December last year. He told her to “get out of his street”. She ran into him in January again this year.

She claims he put his bicycle on the side of the street and came up to her and started beating her. He grabbed her breasts and kept hitting her.

The woman laid a complaint against him earlier this week.

Osrin explained his behaviour in an interview last week by saying he had thought Joni was a prostitute and that his neighbourhood was “full of prostitutes.”

Advocacy manager for SWEAT Cherith Sanger spoke to John about the need to decriminalise sex work, to uplift sex workers form the margins of society.

We then received an impassioned call from Debbie, who is part of the local neighbourhood watch, about the anti-social behaviour displayed by some sex workers.

Listen to both sides here:


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