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Each state and territory has their own laws regarding sex work.
When news started to filter through on Tuesday that a sex worker had been murdered in a violent knife attack in a Sydney apartmentwomen in similar apartments all over the city stopped working. Harper, like other sex workers Guardian Australia spoke to this week, immediately began texting friends. At about 1. Her death prompted an outpouring of grief within the sex work community.
What kind of people are sex workers? In Australia, hundreds of them are telling the world about themselves using social media. Aspiring lawyer.
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These are the kinds of statements that hundreds of Australian sex workers are making about themselves using the facesofprostitution hashtag. It was started last Sunday on Instagram by year-old sex worker and history graduate Tilly Lawless.
She was responding to an blog post re-published last week in the popular online Australian women's magazine, Mamamia. The blog was written to mark the 25th anniversary of the prostitute-meets-prince-charming film Pretty Woman, and argued that the reality of sex work was much uglier than in the movie.
Tilly Lawless was angered by the way the piece "generalised sex workers" and "depicted all prostitution as harmful. She decided to post a picture of herself on her Instagram feed to show another face of prostitution - the face of a young woman who had made an informed choice to be a sex worker - as a protest against the blog.
Then after posting on the Facebook of the Scarlett Alliance - the Australian Sex Worker's Association - she was persuaded to put the photo and hashtag on Twitter.
And then it began: a mass of hundreds of mostly Australian and mostly female sex workers posted sydney australia prostitution showing their faces to the world, many coming out publicly as sex workers on social media for the very first time. Many of those ing in shared her objection to the original article.
Sex worker Holly, pictured above, said her main issue was the photo used - a harrowing photo of a sex-trafficked Eastern European woman. The Pretty Woman blog post had originally appeared on the site of a Missouri-based Christian group, Exodus Cry, which says it is committed to "abolishing sex slavery".
The article's author, Laila Mickelwait, claimed that the film had lured young women into prostitution and subjected them to a life of abuse and trauma. She told BBC Trending that she stands by what she wrote despite the sex workers' campaign, and that legalised prostitution creates an environment where illegal sex trafficking can then occur.
Tilly Lawless told us she remains angry about these arguments, which "allow us to be oppressed in similar ways to women being trafficked, undermine our independence and autonomy and take away rights from us. For more on this story, subscribe to our podcast. Next story: The 'Eid Pray Love' movement.
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