Formed in 2011, SOS’s missions is to improve the quality of life of sex workers and young transgender people, to raise awareness and educate the whole society to the different forms and realities of sex work so that Sex workers and transgender people have the same rights to health and safety as the rest of the population. The group pursues the following objectives:
– Promoting and defending the rights of working girls who are sexually transgendered
– Increase advocacy and awareness-raising for the adoption of laws in favor of the trade of sex worker in safety;
– Fighting, preventing sexual and gender-based violence, improving the socio-economic and health conditions of vulnerable female sex workers and transgender women who are victims of serious human rights violations affecting their physical, psychological and reproductive integrity.
One of the great achievements of the group has been in the context of changing attitudes, practices and individual and community consciousness, Improving access to resources and opportunities, changing norms, cultures and exclusion practices around sex work. Sex work is perceived as a taboo, an incestuous practice and those who practice it are marginalized and stigmatized by the society. SOS has, however, succeeded in significantly reducing the stigma surrounding sex work by bringing together sex workers who previously worked in hiding and by promoting the correct and systematic use of condoms by sex workers. They have also made available and accessible trained peer educators and condoms in the Kimbi-Misisi mining concessions; NYANGI and the city of Baraka, because of much ignorance and inaccessibility in the community.