Sex workers see red over unfair cost of newspaper adverts

By Calvin Palmer

Faced by the excessive and discriminatory cost of advertising in newspapers, Australian prostitutes will mark International Whores Day tomorrow with a protest outside New South Wales Parliament House in Sydney.

The Scarlet Alliance, which represents the interests of sex workers Down Under, is campaigning for anti-discrimination laws to protect its members from unfair bias by banks, lenders, local government and in advertising.

Ivy McIntosh said her profession is being overcharged for advertising in local newspapers.

“I’m paying too much for a measly two inches,” she said in a statement.”Sex work is legal in NSW. Why am I charged hundreds of dollars to advertise in local papers when other trade occupations are charged less than A$100?”

Members of Scarlet Alliance will dress in red and carry red umbrellas during the demonstration.

International Whores Day started in France in 1975.

[Based on a report by the Melbourne Herald Sun.]

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