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Chao-Ying Betty Rao


Chao-Ying Betty Rao evolved as a teenage runaway and a high school dropout who started modelling and stripping as a way to keep afloat. Now she is an interdisciplinary artist whose previous experiences in the sex industry heavily influence her practice. Chao-Ying graduated from her BA(Hons) in 2020 from the Glasgow School of Art, in Painting and Printmaking. She holds an MA(Hons) in Philosophy and English Literature from the University of Edinburgh, and campaigns with local organisations for the full decriminalisation of sex work.

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A person sits on a bench in a relaxed position in a dimly lit room. They are wearing a lace bra.

Truth and Lies – An Anthology of Writing and Art by Sex Workers

Lib Lobberson Marin Scarlett Payola E ZuZu Gabrielli Chardonnay Bella Violet Quinn Rab Green Chao-Ying Betty Rao Heather Ashleigh Williams (BABEWORLD) Jet Moon Estella Clarke

The Truth and Lies book project emerges as part of a rising tide of sex worker art and organised struggle to end criminalisation and stigmatisation of sex work.

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