I agree with Janelle Fawkes of the Australian Sex Worker’s Association who states that ‘Systemic Predjudice’ is most definitely at the core of all anti-discrimination cases throughout Queensland. This huge win for GK and all sex workers, recently upheld in the Appeal by the Queensland Civil & Administrative Tribunal (QCAT) was reported in the Brisbane Times on 8th August, 2012. Sex workers everywhere will now be able to have their Anti-Discrimination Cases heard and be taken seriously. It is no longer acceptable behaviour to refuse a sex worker accommodation and discriminate against them just because you don’t agree with their choice of work.
In this instance, common sense finally prevailed and GK won her appeal. This case has huge ramifications for sex workers and their client’s as well as hoteliers and moteliers who will now have to re-think their discriminatory nature and join the 21st century!. It’s about bloody time! What peeves me the most, is how the owners of the Drover’s Rest Motel can casually state that they have no problem with ‘prostitutes’ working for a living but object if this work is being carried out on their premises. If they object to sex work then they must also object to all other types of work that is conducted within the confines of a hotel room. Sales people, accountants, police, anyone who uses the phone or internet or bed to conduct their legal and lawful business. Sex work is recognised as legitimate work.
The mind boggles as to how the owners ‘discovered’ she was working in the first place. One would like to think that Australian’s are entitled to have some sort of privacy when they pay for a room and not have their comings and goings monitored by the proverbial nosey neighbour. Obviously not in this case, but to then go ahead and ‘ban her’ as if they have some sort of moral obligation to do so, is downright offensive! I have a sense that the owner’s are more than a little bit Ma & Pa Kettle-like. I think they honestly believe they have the right to discriminate on some sort of moral high ground. I think not and so does the Tribunal. My advice to them is that they mind their own business and behave according to the laws of this land. God knows we don’t need more rednecks running around!
Fingers crossed that this case will pave the way for other sex worker’s who have also been discriminated against and who have been waiting in the wings to finally see if GK’s human rights are being taken seriously. It is blatant misrepresentation when Richard Munro states that “…hotel and motel owners must retain the right to refuse guests who might disturb the amenity…”. There are already laws in place that are based on moral attitudes and prejudices validated by the Criminal Code, Chapter 22A which is designed to cover an act of deviance rather than a business. However, the punishment must fit the crime. In this case, the legal sex worker GK did not break the law, however the owners Dovedeen Pty Ltd and Mrs Joan Hartley of the Drover’s Rest Motel in Moranbah, clearly did!
Sex workers have been flocking to the front lines to work alongside miners for centuries. This is not a new concept born out of a sudden influx of immoral sinner’s. Gold mining pioneers couldn’t wait to get to the Gold fields in the hopes of striking it rich. If you worked hard, the rewards came. In this case, sex workers are booking flights and looking to cash up by providing a sex service. Let’s face it, we all have needs, wants and desires that need attending to! They are both booming industries, full of hard working men and women with money who choose to see equally hard working sex workers for a conversation, lunch/dinner, perhaps some erotic relaxation and/or sex.
Thank you GK for finding the strength to stand up to the system and fight for our collective rights. I can only imagine the anxiety and stress that this must be causing you, your family, your business and every aspect of your life. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. You are one hell of a woman! Jx
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