SCOT-PEP condemns in the strongest terms the ‘outing’ of a sex worker on the front page of the Scottish Sun today
Sex worker-led organisation SCOT-PEP condemns in the strongest terms the ‘outing’ of a sex worker on the front page of the Scottish Sun today. Sex workers are parents, friends, and people who do an honest day’s work, unlike some journalists - who we can only hope one day encounter the full force of their apparently suppressed consciences.
This demonstrates again the stigma that we face, when the tabloid press feel empowered to try to ruin someone’s life for a day’s titillating, pointless coverage.
We note that the European Women’s Lobby is gearing up for a lavishly-funded day to eradicate “prostitution” in Europe. If only so much money and energy went into eradicating stigma, rather than eradicating sex workers. In fact, the legal model that the EWL are advocating - the Swedish model - is one acknowledged by the Swedish government itself to increase the stigma that we face; to further empower journalists to out us, and to put us as further risk of violence or exclusion when publicly exposed in this way.
SCOT-PEP, and sex workers throughout Scotland, offer our solidarity to the woman in today’s paper, and to all sex workers in the UK who are today reminded of our vulnerability in the face of media intrusion and stigma.