Some 14 Malawians sex workers arrested by police and forced to undergo HIV tests two years ago have sued the government for “unfair action and violating their privacy”, a high court official told AFP Sunday.
The prostitutes, who all tested positive, filed for a judicial review of their case in 2009, but the court only gave consent to the sex workers to proceed with their action this year, the official from the administrative capital Lilongwe said.
The sex workers were charged for trading in sex while having a sexually transmitted disease. They were fined ê7 (K1,200) and set free.
In the affivadits, the women say they have sued the government because after their arrest for prostitution, a police officer in charge and a district health officer for Mwanza in southern Malawi, “subjected us to a forced HIV test without our informed consent … this decision was illegal.”
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