We have all manner of discrimination in the U.S., based on race, color, religious beliefs, sexual orientation. . . and while you might think we have enough to argue about right there, how about a new target?
Okay, so it's not happening here in America, but check this out: in Australia, a prostitute sued a hotel because they refused to let her rent one of their rooms for work purposes. She didn't just sue for access to the room, either, but for the equivalent of $30,000.
You see, prostitution is legal in that part of the world. As the Guardian reports, " discrimination based on lawful sexual activity is outlawed. Prostitutes
have been heading to towns such as Moranbah, where they base themselves
for short periods to cash in on an Australian mining boom fuelled by
Chinese demand for raw materials."
'Raw materials,' is that what we're calling it now?
Smutty jokes aside (don't worry, I'll come back to them) this is a fascinating case. I can see how someone might sue for not being allowed a room when they are doing something lawful, you know, like having sex. But here she's essentially forcing the hotel to rent her office space. And presumably, other guests aren't too happy about her customer base, or perhaps the grunts and groans of business-in-progress.
Be interesting to see if the decision is appealed, after all I assume it being in Australia the original ruling came from a kangaroo court. But what do you think? Should the poor young lady (or old hag, who knows?) be put out of her legal business because hotel owners and guests disapprove? I mean, what next? Hotels banning sex altogether?
Australia. They're upside down.