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Prostitute Wants to Organize Union

April 27, 1995

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) _ A prostitute picketed the state capitol in hopes of getting legislative support for a union.

``We get up, get dressed, go to work, pay taxes. We deserve rights like everyone else,″ said Darlene Hendrickson, a paralegal who has worked at two Nevada brothels.

Hendrickson, who was carrying a sign reading ``Nevada is unfair to legal prostitutes,″ said Wednesday that people in her industry deserves the same protection as any other workers. Prostitution is legal in Nevada.

Hendrickson said she quit her last job because of illegal activity such as physical and verbal abuse, and reported the incidents to local authorities, only to be told to hire an attorney.

The Nevada Brothel Association is the industry’s legislative link, but Hendrickson said it doesn’t speak for the prostitutes. She believes legislative approval of a union would make prostitutes less fearful of losing their jobs if they join.

In the absence of a union, Hendricks wants more stringent state regulations. Republican Jeannine Stroth already has asked that a bill be drafted to license the industry.

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