It has been a tawdry tale told by our tabloid television shows.
A former prostitute who claimed she had serviced MP Craig Thomson has now recanted.
A couple of weeks ago it appeared Channel Nine’s A Current Affair had the scoop; in exchange for $60,000 the woman, whom we’ll refer to as Shirley, would tell the world how she had sex with Mr Thomson, sex he paid for on his union credit card.
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Some years ago in the most excellent Sydney suburb of Marrickville I had an accidental and unusual encounter with a sex worker.
It was late on a Friday afternoon and I was queuing up an ATM so I could buy a mountain of Greek takeaway from the Corinthian Tavern. There was a woman in front of me who looked like she’d been around the block a few times. She was stick-thin, wearing black heels, a sequined skirt, a boob tube, and long black gloves which went up to her elbows.
She tried repeatedly to withdraw money from her account, inserting and re-inserting her card. She started sobbing and cursing. I asked her if she needed cash for a cab or something. No, she said, but asked if she could borrow my mobile.
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International Whores Day is commemorated each year in June around the world to acknowledge the origins of the sex workers’ rights movement.
On June 2, 1975, sex workers in Lyon, France decided to protest against the continual police harassment and violence against Lyon’s sex worker community.
This was coupled with the French government’s refusal to meet with the worker representatives or support any legislative changes in the sex Industry.
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It’s tough getting off a slippery slope. But we need our politicians to build an off ramp, quick smart, on the slippery slope known as legal prostitution.
Even the hard-nosed readers of The Australian business section must have felt some moral disquiet when they read over the holiday break that the Sydney brothel, Stiletto, could be on the stock market in 2011.
There is something dystopian about a society where mum and dad investors and Super Fund bosses could monitor the stock market on their iPhones to see if their CEO has been working prostitutes productively enough. We will know what kind of society we have become if the stock is reported in the market round-up at the end of the 6pm news each night.
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If Mr Sarkozy does not sack the French Culture Minister, Frederic Mitterrand, the international community should impose a travel ban on the Minister, tout de suite.
Mitterrand has reportedly confessed to what he euphemistically describes as “offences against the idea of human dignity” – which is French, it seems, for having sex with young prostitutes in Asia. Part of his defence is that such offences are ‘commonplace’.
Apparently the more commonplace an obviously objectionable practice, the less it has to do with morality.
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