Banks accused of ‘slut-shaming’ for refusing financial services to sex workers
11 Sep 2019

Banks have been accused of “corporate slut-shaming” for refusing financial services to sex workers, with NAB singled out as “absolute worst hypocrites”.

Victorian MP David Limbrick says a number of banks have contacted sex workers in recent weeks to tell them their accounts have been cancelled and to take their business elsewhere.

The Liberal Democrat said sex shop workers were also being discriminated.

“I condemn these policies which effectively amount to corporate slut-shaming,” Mr Limbrick told the upper house on Tuesday.

“The absolute worst hypocrites are NAB, who simultaneously claim all sorts of virtues in their human rights, diversity and inclusion policies while treating sex workers like lesser human beings.

“I’ll continue to publicly shame NAB until they change.”

NAB stopped servicing brothels and escort agencies earlier this year to comply with anti-money laundering laws, bringing it into line with all other major banks, a spokeswoman for NAB told AAP.

“However, we do provide banking services to sex workers who operate independently and legally and have no plans to change this policy,” she said.

Read more at SBS News

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