In some other states, it is legal. For years, however, authorities have turned a blind eye to places like Langtrees. And, like the miners, sex workers have flocked to Perth from homes elsewhere — sometimes travelling from as far afield as Europe or South America — for the high demand and wages.
Essentially they are renting the Langtrees brand. The money makes it worth it. The top women might double that. In Western Australia, the sex-work industry operates in a grey zone. Eliza, 25, divides her time between shifts at the hospital where she works as a nurse and escorting.
As an avid competitive horsewoman, she is also about to launch her own equestrian sportswear company. While she comes from a middle-class family — her father is high up in government — she is fiercely independent. Now she has no need to. Bubbly, fun, and bright, she lives in Perth with her partner, who works in the mining industry, but keeps her sideline income hidden from him, as well as friends and family.
That annoys me because it is purely just a job. I have a fake name when I work but I offer the real me —[men] appreciate the realness because real women turn them on. In the bunk room, Alina, the Russian, is taking a break. She adjusts her ponytail and pink body-con dress and takes a bite of her Big Mac. But when her partner left her to bring up their small son alone, she struggled and was forced to go on the dole: My baby can have everything.
Alina recalls once being pinned down by a man high on drugs, and just out of jail, who tried to force her to have sex without a condom. They think they should just get it for free.
At times, when men have gotten too pushy, Laticia has felt abandoned by the law. But rape, sex trafficking, and physical safety, especially regarding sexually transmitted diseases, are all concerns in the industry. Fierce competition — and resulting loss of morale — can also take its toll. When Sasha, the transsexual, started to gain popularity, the other women became jealous. Management, afraid that Sasha might become subject to a hate crime, suggested that it might be better for her to leave.
Rape, sex trafficking, and physical safety are all concerns in the industry. Sue adjusts the security cameras to check that everything is in order, draws on a cigarette, and slumps into her chair at the desk in her office. The middle-aged madam — she has four children — wears black-framed square glasses and a grey T-shirt. She is tough but kind. On this evening one has to leave early to bathe in Epsom salts; too much sex has left her smarting.
In the past she also worked the floor at Langtrees. She gives the women respect and in return expects them to perform. Men can review them online on popular forums. Sue insists the women have the last word: It all was too much for her.
She hung herself in a Perth Park. Even though she was 36, we still sent her away to think about it. We always send them away. Because, you know, each time they are sleeping with someone, they are selling part of their soul.
This article originally appeared on Slate and was republished with permission. The study found that of all types of sex work, the biggest increase came from private sex work - of workers visiting clients' homes. There was a decrease in brothel-based and street-based sex work, perhaps because of the increasingly difficult nature of being a "legal" sex worker in Western Australia. Mr Cox, who works as a home-occupied sex worker in New South Wales, has been in the industry for four decades.
His work is completely legal and DA-approved but even with the law behind him, Mr Cox said there's still a stigma around sex work. Another factor of the study found that stigma and discrimination were still major upsets for people that work in the sex industry. The study also claimed that the rise of private sex work made it harder for outreach groups to interface with sex workers and reach out to those in the industry.
But Mr Cox, who speaks to more than sex workers and visits establishments each year, disagreed. Now, we do a lot of that work on the internet. We have a website so sex workers come to us and we make ourselves available to them.
Studies have suggested that decriminalising the sex industry is the best way to go for workers. The WA LASH Study found specifically that sex workers were more susceptible to abuse from clients because of their fear about being caught. Some clients, while holding the fear of prosecution over their heads, abused sex workers, knowing they were too afraid to go to the police.
Mr Cox, who has written an industry handbook alongside Safe Work NSW and the Health Department, has come up with a list of standards and health and safety guidelines for those working in the sex industry. Prostitution in Australia is governed by state and territory laws meaning its degree of legality differs in each.
New South Wales and the ACT have the most relaxed laws in Australia but any non-compliant or illegal brothels, such as those in Victoria and Western Australia, are unable to even receive the handbook. The crackdown isn't good and cops' heavy-handedness hasn't helped," she told news.
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