Beware dodgy sex workers

‘LOCAL legal escort Jennifer has offered advice to potenial clients and motels considering visiting or hosting out-of-town sex workers.

It follows an incident involving a Sydney “erotic massager” being refused accommodation this week.

“Motel-based prostitution is only legal under certain strict conditions,” Jennifer said.

“Unfortunately, in my five years as a legal home-based escort I have found that most motel-based prostitutes do not work legally, and most of the motels that allow prostitutes to work on site are knowingly operating as quasi-brothels.

“Any sole operator, whether working from a house or motel, must work alone. No pimps, no receptionists, no friends, no husbands.”

She said until recently, sole operators were not permitted to have a driver, though they were now allowed to use a licensed security guard as a chauffeur.

“Sole operators are not permitted to share their work premises with another sex worker – even if they are working different shifts or different days, use different rooms and have separate phones and clients; the act of sharing a premises is illegal.

“‘Ava’, in texting me with a request to rent my room (as reported in the Daily News yesterday)– ‘am willing to pay’ – was asking me to commit a crime.

“She was, in effect, asking me to operate an illegal brothel.”

Jennifer said most of Warwick’s motels/hotels had a zero-tolerance policy for travelling prostitutes, but had heard that some were “frequently contacted by pimps wanting somewhere for their itinerant prostitutes to stay”.

Advice for clients

Jennifer’s advice to the “nice men” who may be thinking of visiting an itinerant (motel/hotel/caravan) sex worker.

Before booking:

Ask the owner/manager if the escort has permission to work on the premises.

Check with the Prostitution Enforcement Task Force to ensure that the premises and activity is legally safe.

Ask the sex worker if she can show you a current Sexual Health Certificate.

The ATO and Centrelink sometimes do surveillance on sex workers, so to avoid being caught on government camera, when the escort quotes her prices casually mention GST, BAS, ABNs or tax invoices, and listen carefully to her reaction.

Think. Cheap itinerant hookers see cheap grubby clients. They don’t make clients shower before the service. They don’t change the sheets. They don’t care about health and hygiene.

Advice for motels

“Frighteningly, the State Gov-ernment has recently given funding to a militant prostitution lobby group (the Crimson Coalition) who actively fight for the rights of sex workers to work wherever they want – streets, motels, your front yard,” Jennifer said.

“This group has been encouraging evicted itinerant sex workers to take motel operators to the Anti-Discrimination Commission.

“As most of the itinerant workers are operating illegally in a number of ways – drug dealing, tax evasion, social security fraud, pimps – the chances of actual QADC action against motel owners is minimal, but if a motel owner is threatened with discrimination by an evicted prostitute, here are my suggestions:

Tell the escort that if she wants to continue seeing clients on site that’s fine, but that her “guests” must register and show photo ID at reception – whatever you normally require when guests arrive.

Inform the escort that if she wishes to conduct a business on the premises then you require proof of insurance, an ABN, photo ID – anything that you would require from any business that wanted to operate from your motel.

Ask to see a current Sexual Health Certificate – for insurance, legal, workplace health reasons.

Enforce strict work hours – no clients after 8pm – and a quota on clients.

Suggest that the escort stays at the motel but only does outcalls: no clients in the room.

If the escort is accompanied by a friend, boyfriend or husband then point out that she is breaking the law and immediately call PETF, the Prostitution Enforcement Taskforce. If the escort insists her “friend” is a security guard, ask to see his Crowd Controllers Licence.

Use whatever laws are relevant under the Traveller Accommodation Providers (Liability) Act 2001 to argue your right to protect your guests. Quote the exclusions in your insurance policies.

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