A new grassroots campaign group has been established in favour of Scottish independence.
Sex Workers for Yes aims to persuade those working in the sex trade across Scotland to support a split from the UK.
Holly, a sex worker and independence supporter, said: “Many sex workers supported independence in 2014, and many will do so again when the next referendum comes.
“In particular, sex workers who are EU nationals but who work in Scotland now see independence as the only chance to retain their rights to stay here.
“Last time the No side made the case that independence would put at risk their freedom to live, work and be in relationships here — but that argument has proved hollow. ”
Sex Workers for Yes is also pushing for “more modern legislation” governing the sex industry.
“We are your friends, your neighbours, your partners,” Holly continued.
“We believe Scotland can follow the example set by New Zealand, a small independent country which listened to the evidence and designed modern legislation in this area accordingly.
“Where sex work is criminalised, sex workers are very vulnerable to abuse and extortion by police, in detention facilities and elsewhere'”.
Another worker, Rachel, added: “Sex worker rights are a human rights issue — look beyond the knee jerk reaction of my job or the jobs of my brothers and sisters, and you will see that it raises questions of austerity, ableism, inclusivity and whorephobia.
“I want to see the Scottish Government choose inclusivity, not exclude us as a marginalised group. We need rights, not rescue.”