Brothel ordered to pay £60k in damages

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A Brazillian brothel has been ordered to pay £60,000 damages to a prostitute's family after she fell out of a bedroom window while working with her client.

The 25-year-old woman lost the use of her limbs in the fall in 2008 and died a year later, according to a report in the Mirror.

After the incident, the woman claimed employee rights but Felina Prive club in Piracicaba, south Brazil, denied liability.

Ordering the brothel to pay out damages, the judge said: "Because of the fall, she became dependent."

Employment rights
Sex workers have the same rights as all other workers, according to the International Union of Sex Workers (IUSW), which campaigns for the human, civil and labour rights of those who work in the sex industry.

This means sex workers have the right to full protection of all existing laws relating to harassment, violence, threats, intimidation, health and safety and theft. They also have right to access the full range of employment, contract and property laws, plus full and voluntary access to non-discriminatory health checks and medical advice.

In reality, the IUSW says the current organisation of the sex industry presents many problems for workers to exert their rights.

In fact US organisation, the Sex Workers Project, claims that in attempts to eradicate sex work, policymakers and police often overlook or even violate the basic human rights of sex workers.

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