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Portraits of empowerment exhibition targets stigma of asean sex workers

Groups representing prostitutes from around the region are displaying pieces of art that reflect the daily difficulties of their chosen profession and make a plea for compassion in often intolerant societies

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Southeast Asian sex workers, supported by the United Nations, are exhibiting their paintings, photographs and multimedia depicting violence, oral sex, repression under Islamic sharia law and other personal experiences. 

MIRROR TO THEIR WORLD: The Sao Lao group of artists paint images on mirrors ‘because we want to be really seen, not just looked at’. Visitors at the Sex Workers of Asean Art Exhibition are reflected in the work.

''Here in the corner, you see a scene of a blowjob,'' Vanessa Ho said, pointing at a complex painting created by a sex worker named Dhivithra in Singapore.

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