When the Covdi-19 pandemic hit Australia, many people working in prostitution turned to online practice. Without the support of the authorities, they have to find a way to save themselves.
However, the technology platform is a place of fierce competition. They pay the price by losing their privacy and facing the dangers that lurk.
When Jenna Love entered the sex industry, she got used to hearing the phrase “prostitution is indestructible”. No matter how bad things go, the customer is always willing to pay for the service she provides.
Until the epidemic hit the Australian coast, like many other professions, the jobs of millions were washed away overnight.
“Most of my income is gone, I’m almost unemployed,” Jenna said.
Most freelance prostitutes, brothels and entertainment facilities have stopped working. In many states, the proportion of workers who do not qualify for government assistance is very high.
Jenna feels she is lucky enough to still get a job. She lives in New South Wales, where prostitution is decriminalized, making it easier to make money.
Thanks to a large following, Jenna turned to making online content.
She is one of the few cases in which she has been able to withstand the downturn caused by the pandemic. But for those living in a place that has not yet accepted sex work, migrants, the seriously ill or young couples, it has been a bad year this year.
“I have never seen such a stressful year. It is not known how long the epidemic will last and if there will be any support available to those who are not Australian citizens”, said Mikhala Batiste, in Queensland.
Batiste and leaders of the sex industry say the pandemic has increased opinion on the elimination of prostitution across Australia.
Problems caused by the pandemic have exacerbated prostitution in many states, says Jules Kim, chief executive of Scarlet Alliance.
There is no consistent law for this industry in kangaroos, with systems ranging from broad legalization in New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) to almost entirely criminalization in the south.