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    International Whores Day

    Bad laws, not bad whores: sex workers
    BRITT SMITH
    June 5, 2010

    Sex workers have rallied in Sydney to demand an end to "whore-phobic" attitudes and greater protection under anti-discrimination laws.

    Chanting "sex worker rights are human rights" and "no bad whores, just bad laws", dozens of protesters marched from the Opera House on Saturday in a bid to have their rights recognised.

    Many carried red umbrellas, a symbol of the global movement, while others made statements with T-shirts reading "whore power" and "sluts unite".

    "We are human beings, we are people, we do a job and we are continually vilified for that job," sex worker Julie Bates said, noting that little had changed in the way of community attitudes during her 30-year career.

    "So whilst we remained silenced ... today is a chance for us to speak to the community, so we have a voice.

    "What we want society to see is that sex work is real damn hard work, and ... we provide a service like any other industry."

    Organised by the Scarlet Alliance, a peak body representing the nation's estimated 20,000 sex workers, the event was one of several staged in capital cities across the country on Saturday to commemorate International Whores Day.

    The alliance is using the occasion to lobby state governments for amendments to existing legislation that covers the industry.

    The campaign focuses on NSW, which has the highest concentration of sex workers - about 8,000 - yet has inferior anti-discrimination laws compared with other parts of the nation.

    In the ACT, Queensland and Tasmania, legislation protects against discrimination based on legal sexual activity or occupation, essentially giving mistreated sex workers an avenue for recourse.

    The most common instances of discrimination reported to the alliance occur during applications for rental properties, bank loans and credit cards.

    Sex workers are also forced to pay up to five times more than other advertisers in newspapers, and encounter problems when dealing with police and the judicial system, the alliance said.

    It was often seen when women lost custody cases because of negative stereotypes associated with their jobs.

    Alliance president Elena Jeffreys said part of the problem stemmed from deep-rooted attitudes within government and mainstream institutions.

    "They think that sex workers are not part of the community," she told AAP.

    "We are absolutely sick of whore-phobic attitudes.

    "Sex work is legalised, decriminalised, brothels are run in a professional and transparent manner, and sex workers are huge contributors to society, yet we face this discrimination every single day.

    "It's absolutely untenable and we demand that it be changed."

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    Good on those girls for putting it out there.

    Personaly I think that whoring should be an Olympic event, it would give the job more respectability and bring it Into the mainstream where it belongs.

    I'd even be willing to put myself up as team captain

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    I'm surprised that butterfly hasn't seized on this thread yet with his mandatory rant about anybody from Issan being an "Issan Whore".

    You really are slipping flutters....or are you just too busy at the moment having one slipped into you?

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    Good on them for bringing it out in public.

    They deserve all the benefits any self employed professional gets.....even claiming depreciation on tax should be allowed, wear and tear, maintenance, training, travel etc.

    They have a hard job to deal with.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nawty View Post

    They have a hard job to deal with.
    One would like to think so

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mid View Post

    "no bad whores, just bad laws",
    No bad whores? No bad whores? Just who are they kidding?

    Some whores are lousy lays....

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    ^Too right, what about consumer rights when you get a crap one........

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    Quote post 1:-
    Many carried red umbrellas, a symbol of the global movement,



    Makes a change from Red Shirts I suppose.

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    If you can't take the heat, get out of the kitchen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BugginOut
    If you can't take the heat, get out of the kitchen.
    ever engaged in p4p ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BugginOut View Post
    If you can't take the heat, get out of the kitchen.
    I agree those flimsy kitchen tables can be a damn nuisance give me a bed anytime.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtydog View Post
    ^Too right, what about consumer rights when you get a crap one........
    If you put it in the wrong hole....thats your problem.

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    International Whores' Day - I wonder if Hallmark makes a card?

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    I think we should all head out and adopt a whore for today, show some solidarity

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    Quote Originally Posted by nidhogg View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Mid View Post

    "no bad whores, just bad laws",
    No bad whores? No bad whores? Just who are they kidding?

    Some whores are lousy lays....
    "What we want society to see is that sex work is real damn hard work..."

    Especially the tired, overworked ones I expect. "Sex- It's Just Another Job"

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    Quote Originally Posted by nidhogg View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Mid View Post

    "no bad whores, just bad laws",
    No bad whores? No bad whores? Just who are they kidding?

    Some whores are lousy lays....
    Okay . it was probably a typo - should be:

    "No bad whores, just bad lays"

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    Are they giving out freebies etc? Special offers - two for the price of one? 10% discount?

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    Adopt a Whore Day.......I like it.

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    WHAT ?, does this mean we only now get one day a year for whoring ? Just what is this world cumming to?

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    Why are they bitches ?

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    ^re "bitches"

    This seems to mean different things in different places. I was with a German woman on holiday once, who was complaining about one thing or another, prompting me to tell her to "Stop being such a bitch." She went completely bananas; seemed she didn't understand the American connotation of the word and thought I was calling her a whore.
    “You can lead a horticulture but you can’t make her think.” Dorothy Parker

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    Cool

    Have them pay taxes and you'll put a dent in the deficits until the politians find more places to piss it away..

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    When I say the headline, I thought it was some international parliamentary event..................

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