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Margaret Cho was once a sex worker: “It was hard but well paid. There’s no shame in it”

Margaret Cho shares on Twitter that she was once a sex worker.

‘Sex work is simply work,’ she writes in the first in a long series of tweets. ‘For me it was honest work. I was a sex worker when I was young. It was hard but well paid. There’s no shame in it.’

Cho makes clear she was ‘not exploited’ and ‘found my strength as a sex worker and gained a lot of power as I grew…We were tough and proud.

Cho, whose sitcom All-American Girl aired in 1994-95, does not say when or for how long she was a sex worker.

She defends herself and sex work to a series of critics on Twitter in recent days.

‘The lesson here is – if you can’t take a BITCH, then block a BITCH. I do nothing but stand firm that sex work is honest work. And NEEDED. XO … I chose to do it. I’m not ashamed of it and I don’t expect praise for my choices. Just know that your biases hurt. X’

Cho writes that she is not currently offering sex work but is ‘simply stating I’ve done it. It’s hard labor and deserves dignity and DIVINITY … It’s hard work that’s not protected by law enforcement or unions. It’s unfair. We have the right to our bodies +work.’

She adds: ‘Sex workers are glorified in the Bible!Mary Magdalene was a whore and Jesus loved her. The Bible has been turned against us by jealous men.’

Cho was asked by a follower if this line of work made it hard for her to be fully engaged in relationships afterward.

She doesn’t think so.

‘I think being molested as a child had more to do with that,’ she replied. ‘But as a sex worker I had power+$$$.’

Always open and outspoken, the 46-year-old Cho has been even more so in recent months as she’s spoken out about past sexual abuse as a young child and being raped as a teenager.

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