The 55th issue of Zi Teng Newsletter
We recently received a complaint, where a sex worker working in the one woman brothel found her personal information publicized on the Internet. She tried to call the police and the Office of the Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data for help, but since she was not blackmailed or threatened, and she had no idea who put her information on the Internet, both the police and the Office of the Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data could not offer her any help.

To a certain extent, the person who put the information on the Internet may not really aim to hurt or take advantage of her. Yet, this person apparently does not see sex workers as one member of the society. S/he may believe that it is not a big deal to publicize the identity of a sex worker, but when s/he exposes the identity of a sex worker, the latter will face great pressure.

When we call on the society to stop discriminating sex workers, we are not simply asking the public to say ‘I do not look down on sex workers’. What we expect is their genuine respect on sex workers. Understanding the challenges of being a sex worker, think more from the viewpoint of the sex worker, do not judge sex workers with another set of values and attitudes. If the people in the society view and treat sex workers in these ways, definitely there will be less pressure exerted on the sex workers.


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