All this talk of work freedom, and being able to choose who, when and where isn’t a reality for many sex workers. It is a luxury state at this stage brought about by places like Funhouse that are run by people like me who have always treated others as equals. People management is one of my top skills and the sex industry is my passion.
How does this relate to the rest of the world and the rest of the sex industry? Eleven years ago sex work was still illegal in New Zealand and places like Funhouse didn’t exist, today we have an environment where the internet allows women to do their research before they apply to work in the industry. They read as much as they can and check out all the options discreetly which was never possible in the ‘old days’. They talk to women on line who are open about their sex worker lives and ask advice and figure out how they want to work within the industry.
They find www.work4fun.co.nz and decide they don’t want to work anywhere else, but unfortunately we only take about 5% of the women that apply so what happens to those that don’t make the cut? I give them as much information and advice as possible to suit their particular situation and I tell them about the other places that I know of and where to avoid. I tell them who is reportedly good to their girls and who is not.
Eventually word gets out that Mary at Funhouse sent them there and owners and managers start to think why does Funhouse get so many applicants? They start to look at what we are doing, how we are doing it, what we provide and how well we look after our workers. They start to change their attitudes and their work environments.
Where are all of these girls hearing about us from, often it is our girls or our ex girls who tell hopeful young women to try Funhouse first because it is the best place to work, and quite often it is girls who didn’t make the cut that understand why but care enough about their friend to inform them of the best option.
It is a slow process but it is happening, the industry is changing, it is becoming safer and healthier with more options available to sex workers. There are more ethical people involved in the industry and the rat-bags will get weeded out eventually because no one will work for them. Sex workers know their rights and that they have legal backing and advocates like the NZPC who will step in to support them if needed. It is a slow road, decriminalization is the first step, but to make any changes for the better someone has to take that first step and good on you New Zealand you did it
Why doesn’t the rest of the world pull their heads out of their arses and follow our lead?