Last week, three former sex workers successfully pressured the Australian retail chain Target to remove Grand Theft Auto V from their stores for its depiction of violence against women.
The petition, which currently has over 48,000 signatures, argued that the game encouraged violence against sex workers:
This is Grand Theft Auto 5. This game means that after various sex acts, players are given options to kill women by punching her unconscious, killing with a machete, bat or guns to get their money returned.
Please Target – we appeal to you as women survivors of violence, including women who experienced violence in the sex industry, to immediately withdraw Grand Theft Auto V from sale.
Target issued a statement about the game on their website.
"We've been speaking to many customers over recent days about the game, and there is a significant level of concern about the game's content," Target general manager of corporate affairs Jim Cooper said. "We feel the decision to stop selling GTA5 is in line with the majority view of our customers."