Such is the way of us all.
We are born, we work, we grow old and eventually die.
Holding grace through all that it a challenge.
Some succeed. Some not.
We can only judge them on their persistence.
Few people ask me what I do, Peter. They are more likely to ask what I DID.Good one Tom. With their age who in the Hell knows what they did with their lives. However it is virtually certain that "ex" applies.
You may be thinking about the present situation in Australia, but if these women used to work in this way (which we have no possibility to know), it would have happened in Italy some time ago. I think Federico Fellini had a movie and Pier Paolo Pasolini another one staged at the time and place. Movies do not quite represent reality, but in that case are an indication that health and safety standards used to be quite different.Either way, I was probably endeavouring to make a point. Earning a living my selling sexual gratification isn’t necessarily a bd thing, nor degrading or regretful. It has its risks but the union of Sex Workers has a occupational health and safety standard that is well advocated.
You will have to take my word, Jerome. I might be making it all up. Each is a possibility.I am pretty sure that your neighbour behaves as you wrote, I would guess that most people in that line of work do. But in a short stay in Sidney 15 years ago, I remember that there was a woman soliciting customers on the street at bargain prices apparently to get a fix. The situation was sordid and I felt really sorry for her. I have also seen worse in Paris when I was a student. That is also part of the reality of sex work, as you certainly know.
As to the legal situation, Australia seems to be like France was in the 70s: individuals can operate legally. France, however, has made the laws more restrictive over the last 50 years. Basically, prostitution is still legal but anything around it is not. It is a schizophrenic system and the situation of sex workers has markedly degraded over the years.
Germany chose the opposite route: sex work and even brothels are legal and controlled. The situation of sex workers is generally much better. OTOH, it also had the perverse effect of increasing organised crime and illegal immigration.
Tom,.............. . Legalised and well structured prostitution doesn’t breed crime just as immigration doesn’t encourage refugees.
Of course you are right. By writing: "it also had the perverse effect of increasing organised crime and illegal immigration.", I implied causality. There is no causality, just correlation. I was aware of the lack of causality, but was sloppy in my writing.Legalised and well structured prostitution doesn’t breed crime