Ukrainian porn star becomes first from profession to fight for EU asylum
A Ukrainian porn-star has become the first in her profession to fight for asylum in the European Union (EU) after she claimed that she has been persecuted for starring in adult films.
Anastasia Grishay, who is known by her screen name Wiska, claims that she is being persecuted in her home country because of her work on porn films.
She is requesting asylum from the European Union after fleeing to the Czech Republic in 2010 when she was investigated for allegedly producing and distributing pornography, the Daily Mail reports.
According to the paper, the Czech authorities have rejected her asylum request but Grishay intends to appeal to the European courts.
"I have been given 15 days to leave the country. They don't care that we can't go back to Ukraine," she said.
The actress, in her early thirties, claims she was forced to flee Ukraine after welfare officers threatened to take her children into care because her job made her unsuitable to be a 'worthy mother', the paper said.
"I was left alone with a child, worked as a model in various magazines. When I was asked to star in a porno movie I accepted because I needed the money. I have been trying to explain that I did not do it out of a love for the business but because I had to feed my son," she said.
The porn-star is being supported by Femen, a group of Ukrainian feminists who stage provocative demonstrations such as stripping naked outside parliament and cutting down crucifixes, the paper added.