Happy end­ings

NT News - - OPINION -

IN ref­er­ence to Lau­ren Roberts’ piece about le­git­i­mate mas­sage ther­a­pists be­ing ap­proached for sex­ual ser­vices and fed up with it.

The seek­ers “should’ve gone to Spec­savers” as there are cur­rently 11 mas­sage par­lours op­er­at­ing in prom­i­nent lo­ca­tions in Dar­win’s CBD of­fer­ing sex­ual ser­vices.

We walk past these con­verted shops/of­fices with their 24/7 Christ­mas lights. We weren’t born yes­ter­day.

One doesn’t need Wikipedia to know what re­ally hap­pens on the mas­sage ta­ble and peo­ple share sto­ries.

The term ‘full body mas­sage’ they ad­ver­tise is true re­gard­less of the clients’ state of in­tox­i­ca­tion.

When ma­jor min­ing/in­fra­struc­ture ex­ists sex work­ers fol­low the FIFOs and now there’s a black mar­ket sex trade in Dar­win with un­reg­is­tered sex work­ers, strictly cash pay­ments up­front, STD health go­ing unchecked, tax avoid­ance, money laun­der­ing along with im­mi­gra­tion is­sues.

If it’s a case of “hard to catch them in the act” then the au­thor­i­ties should visit these places late at night to force their clo­sure. If they want to op­er­ate for ‘mas­sage only’ they should be re­quired to dis­play a sign stat­ing they do not pro­vide sex­ual ser­vices and con­duct reg­u­lar checks on them.

Mem­ber for Port Dar­win, Paul Kirby and NT Gov­ern­ment need to re­view the cur­rent leg­is­la­tion, and not turn a blind eye. Should there be le­gal broth­els, they should be away from schools, shop­ping cen­tres, post of­fices etc where the work­ers are reg­is­tered, at­tend reg­u­lar health checks and con­trib­ute to Aus­tralian taxes like we all do.

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