Sex workers have the right to operate from motel rooms in an Australian state,a court said after finding the owners refusal to rent to a sex worker was discriminatory.
The ruling in the northeastern state of Queensland has stunned hotel and motel owners,who thought they had a right to decide what sort of businesses were operating from their premises.
The prostitute,identified as G.K.,had taken her discrimination case against the Drovers Rest Motel in the coal mining town of Moranbah to the Queensland state Civil and Administrative Tribunal after management refused to rent her a room.
The 3 1/2-star motels lawyer,David Edwards,said Wednesday that the court notified him this week that it had upheld the prostitutes claim of discrimination. Prostitution is legal in Queensland.