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Uproar over students in Canberra brothels

By johnboy 27 June 2005 25

Apparently Canberra is in uproar over this story in the Canberra Times about the number of students working in Canberra brothels.

For my 2c; it’s easy money, and for some girls it isn’t a big deal.

As long as (and this is a big, big if) no-one is forcing anyone into anything what’s the problem?

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jonnybegood 10:43 pm 08 Aug 10

I agree with many of the sentiments shared here. If people want to work as sex workers, then I wonder how many would reconsider if they were aware of and knew that the long term consequences of them using sex work to help pay their way through uni such as many studies suggesting that their perceptions of men being affected and their subsequent dysfunctional relationships with the opposite sex as a result of their experiences during their time as sex workers.
Many of those who do resort to sex work also do live rather lavish lifestyles for students (this I know having worked for the military for a few years to help support myself during my postgrad degree where Austudy wouldn’t quite cover it ) who can’t live without their funky new gadgets and fashionable items. Many young people, not just uni students cannot discipline themselves to hold off splurging until they start full time usually better paid employment and so don’t think of the long term and brutal consequences of the short term satisfaction of these whims.
That being said, I have a great deal of respect for sex workers who work with physically and/or mentally handicapped people or others who for whatever reason haven’t had the opportunity to enjoy or appreciate something that many of us take for granted. In a broad sense I believe them to be doing a wonderful service for those less fortunate (I would argue community service work) and should be lauded and respected and unfortunately our society still paints all sex workers with the same brush.

johnboy 11:44 pm 14 Aug 05

That’s certainly interesting, is it related to the drops in tourism?

MrX(orY) 6:43 pm 14 Aug 05

Interesting comments, but the brothels in Canberra are all experiencing a downturn at the moment

seepi 12:44 pm 13 Aug 05

a) More money for students. Austudy is a joke – why are students expected to live on less than the dole?
b)The source is a professor of some kind. And this is a tricky topic to research, because many of the participants don’t want to talk about it on record. But in general, the ones that do don’t have good things to say. Interesting letters from ex-prostitutes on the current Big Issue mag.

johnboy 7:46 pm 11 Aug 05

a) give me a better solution and lets go for it. But the best is the enemy of the good.

b) your source’s use of perjorative language is stirring, but certainly not to be taken as objective.

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