Washington, May 28 (ANI): Sex workers in Canada are getting trained for the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver.
They are not practicing to contest in the sports events, but are just refining their media-savvy skills.
According to media reports, a Canadian agency that provides support for Vancouver’s sex workers is working up a brochure to train them on how to handle requests for photographs and interviews.
“We just want our members to feel safe. Media attention to the area can be a little less than compassionate and we don’t want them to feel like animals in a zoo,” The CNBC quoted Kerry Porth, a spokeswoman for the Prostitution Alternatives Counselling and Education Society (PACE), as telling the Canadian Press.
Tracy Quan, a former call girl and author of ‘Diary of a Jetsetting Call Girl’, said that sex workers should really think twice about doing a media interview.
She has claimed that women working in the industry need to know what they want from the interview, and be ready to bail if it’s not going the way they want it to.
“I’m not even sure why someone working in the sex industry would want to talk to the press. What would be their incentive?” asked Quan.
It’s not like they’re selling cars or running a bank, where they need the press.
The PACE brochure will inform the Canadian sex workers of their rights, such as where they can be photographed, and provide them with some tips on how to deal with aggressive media types, including letting them know that it’s OK to refuse an interview.
However, a group of prostitute activists is trying to get that changed so they can open a brothel in time for the Olympics, which could offer these women a safe place to conduct business during the games. (ANI)