Without make-up, her thick black hair tied in a simple, no-nonsense pony-tail and dressed in a faded t-shirt and jeans, 20 year old Simone looks like the ordinary girl next door. But she’s not. Done up in her ‘working clothes’ she’s has a talent for turning men’s heads. The single mother of a 2-year old boy has the quick-change down to an art.
“It usually takes me about half an hour to get ready for work,” she says, “including putting on my face.” And then she raises her eyebrows to the ceiling in mock exasperation, “That is if my boy leaves me in peace for that long.” Simone laughs and pushes a well-known, half naked plastic action figure behind a couch cushion.Simone’s story is quite familiar and echoes throughout the sex industry. Pregnant at a young age, now she’s doing all she can to carve out a decent life for herself and her child.
“I’ve worked as a waitress and a shop assistant. But because I wanted to spend as much time as possible with my son I could only do part time. The money I earned hardly covered the rent let alone fill the refrigerator.”
Tired and frustrated, Simone clicked on the website of an up-market brothel in Sydney.. “Of course I had doubts,” she says, “sleeping with men for money is something I thought I’d never do. But then I looked at the earning potential and the flexible hours aspect and it all clicked.”
Within one month of working as a sexual service provider, Simone had caught up with the rent and bought a brand new bicycle for her boy. “The brothel were really helpful,” she says with a huge sigh. Having a woman in charge is a great plus point…”
When asked if she’s in it for the short or long term, Simone doesn’t hesitate before she answers. “Long term,” she says with a firm nod of her head. “The brothel offers complete privacy and discretion which means I can keep my career as long as I like. No one will find out unless I want them to. My dream is to buy a house just for me and my boy…” And the way things are going, Simone and her son won’t be waiting too long until that particular dream comes true.