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Demonstration of sex workers in Istanbul to protest the closure of brothels

Sex workers in Istanbul held a demonstration in Z├╝rafa Street, Istanbul's oldest venue for brothels in protest of the local authorities' temporary closure of 6 brothels.

The official website of the Hurriyet newspaper reported that according to the police, the women promoted themselves and called clients in an illegitimate manner, "which led to the temporary closure of their workplaces as a punishment."

Protestors issued a statement stressing that the government has indiscriminately begun to close their workplaces without giving them any alternative.

"First they put us here not to work on the street and now they are putting us back to streets by closing our workplaces," a sex worker complained. She added that most of the workers had children and families to respond economically.

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