No qualified writer, regardless of where they live, has to accept absurdly low rates from English-language clients. None. Now, many aren’t actually qualified. And some clients are fine with mediocre work if it means saving a buck. But I know more than my fair share of writers in low cost of living countries who charge just as much as their US and UK counterparts. That’s because professionals charge based on value. It’s more complicated, but that’s the gist of what it boils down to.
In the case of Lori’s article though, it’s not about what some writers are comfortable settling for in their careers. It’s about other freelancers advising new writers to pursue those rates — freelancers who have a vested interest in making new folks think that kind of pay is okay, as it keeps them out of actual professional markets.