Hooker Sues For Right To Work From Motel

by Lola Byrd on August 15, 2012

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I’m not sure what the prostitution laws are in Australia (post Google update: it’s legal), but when a woman working as a sex worker was refused entry to a Queensland motel she sued their asses and won, eventually.

The sex worker who is identified as GK stayed at the Queensland motel a total of 17 times before the owners realized she was inviting clients up to her room; when the nature of GK’s business was reveal they banned her from Moranbah’s Drovers Rest Motel… a move that was bad for business all around and violated anti-discrimination laws.

As the mining boom continues strong in Queensland, so does the sex trade. Banning access to motels and hotels could lead to potentially unsafe transactions in back alleyways and deserted parking lots.

GK didn’t take her expulsion from Moranbah’s motel lightly; with the help of a lawyer she took the matter to court where she sued owners Evan and Joan Hartley for discrimination (and I would hope loss of wages).

The Gold Coast hooker lost her anti-discrimination case last year, but won in appeals last month. Her lawyer argued , and rightly so, that many people use a motel’s amenities for business; phone, Internet, etc, so why not the bed?! Good point I thought.

A hearing as yet to be set to rule on compensation for GK who initially sought $30,000 in damages. Yay for anti-discrimination laws and sex worker rights, I say! I hope she gets every penny.

Lola Byrd is pro sex worker rights on Twitter @misslolabyrd.

Via todayonline.com

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