Clacton: Sex worker by-election candidate has had ‘a warm welcome’
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A sex worker fighting the Clacton by-election has said she has already had a warm welcome from the town.
Charlotte Rose, 34, is listed as an independent but is standing for the Sexual Freedom Party in the poll on October 9.
The sex guru hopes to raise awareness of sexual diversity, including promoting the activity for the elderly and disabled, as well as improving sex education in schools to include relationships.
She said: “The Discrimination Act intended to make sure disabled and elderly people are free to enjoy the same pleasures as everyone else, in their own home or care homes, but rarely are they afforded this opportunity.
“We have come a very long way with acceptance of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, but sex education is still not good enough and it is making people with those diversities afraid to go to places like doctors’ surgeries or hospitals. Unfortunately because of that people avoid going.
“As a sex worker myself the current law forbids us to work together but we are the only industry which is not allowed to be safe.
“Politicians are always happy to talk about family values, but how can we have those without sexual relationships?”
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Miss Rose, winner of a British Erotic Award as Sex Worker of the Year 2013, became famous after appearing with actor Rupert Everett in a Channel 4 documentary called Love for Sale, and said Mr Everett was fully supportive of her campaign.
She hopes to be campaigning in the constituency this weekend and next week.
She added: “I love Clacton, it’s gorgeous and the pier is so romantic. It is close to home for me as I have been by the sea in Devon for the past seven years.
“The people are so friendly. When I was there getting signatures for my nomination it did not take long at all, the support was phenomenal and I had such a warm welcome.
“This is a perfect opportunity. Since the documentary I had to move home. These issues will crop up everywhere I go now and how many others are going through society being pushed and forced out of their homes because of our work?
“I thought if no-one else will be the voice then I will.
“I get up, go to work and come home like everybody else, and I adore what I do. Just because I choose my profession is what stigmatises me in society’s view.”
Miss Rose, a mum-of-two, said she did have views on other policies, such as immigration, where she would like to see the UK adopter stricter controls similar to Australia.