Infamous Madam Spurs Zoe's Cause; Mum Speaks out to Stop Sex Work Discrimination

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Byline: Kate Clifford

A SUNSHINE Beach mother has become the face of a global movement trying to change the world's view on sex workers.

And she says she has been inspired by infamous Sydney madam Tilly Devine.

Zoe Scrogings has returned from a week-long trip to India where she attended the Sex Worker Freedom Festival, as part of the International AIDS Conference.

The annual conference aims to push for more respect and acceptance of sex work, as well as discuss policies and discrimination surrounding HIV/AIDS.

While Ms Scrogings is not a sex worker, she was invited to the conference for her artistic attitude towards community change and human rights. It's an attitude she said was handed down from her great, great aunt Tilly, who featured in a recent Underbelly Razor TV series.

aEver since I learned of my relation to Tilly Devine I have become fascinated with the life of sex workers around the world,a Ms Scrogings said.

aI thought I had an idea of what a sex worker was until I became a part of this campaign. It has really opened my mind to a whole new world.a

As well as taking a stand for sex workers and promoting safe sex through the prevention of HIV/AIDS, Ms Scrogings held social media workshops and painted colourful banners for a walking protest.

aI was just blown away with this movement and their stories, some of which broke my heart and some lifted me up. …