Australia court rules that motels can’t ban sex workers

Sex workers have the right to operate from motel rooms in an Australian state,a court said after finding the owner’s refusal to rent to a sex worker was discriminatory.

Written by Associated Press | Published:August 9, 2012 12:24 am

Sex workers have the right to operate from motel rooms in an Australian state,a court said after finding the owner’s 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 motel’s lawyer,David Edwards,said Wednesday that the court notified him this week that it had upheld the prostitute’s claim of discrimination. Prostitution is legal in Queensland.

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