Foreign backpackers funding their Australian travels through illegal sex work are robbing the legitimate industry of profits and threatening clients' health, a brothel lobbyist has warned.It's a fu**ing shame that this is happening. The regulations, not the market.
"Especially when you go up to northern Queensland, it's not unusual for them to be working in the illegal escort industry," Inskip said.
Having fewer overheads, they could often undercut the legal sex industry on price, making it harder for the state's 23 legal brothels to make a profit, he said.
"They can charge less because they are not paying GST (goods and services tax), staff costs for managers and receptionists," Inskip said.
Regulation hinders. Lesson for the day.