Aliens from the Sky, Video, 12:16, 2022
Despite ongoing efforts to tackle police corruption in South Africa, it remains rife and adversely affects the country economically, socially and politically. The buying and selling of sex services and all related activities are criminalized in South Africa. The criminalization of sex work means that sex workers are frequently in conflict with the law and compelled to engage with the criminal justice system. The criminalization of sex work marginalizes sex workers by placing them in a powerless position in society. They are vulnerable to abuse and exploitation and are unlikely to report crimes and human rights violations perpetrated against them. This is especially true for trans and female sex workers. Aliens from the Sky tells the story of three female identifying sex workers in Cape Town, South Africa and the systems they must navigate in order to survive.