The sex industry has always been cloaked in secrecy, hidden in alleys and kept in the dark. But in Australia, the world’s oldest profession is now embracing the internet’s newest applications.
The sex industry has always been cloaked in secrecy, hidden in alleys and kept in the dark. But in Australia, the world's oldest profession is now embracing the internet's newest applications.
An increasing number of escorts are now happy to show their faces, relying on social media sites like Twitter and Tumblr to meet clients. Gloria Van Vaulker is a girlfriend experience escort who's opening up online in an effort to attract new clients.
She actively uses social media to talk about her work and says it's been useful in reaching out to new people.
"You get a lot of first time clients, they've never seen a sex worker before," she says.
"They kind of become addicted to your feed and what you're tweeting about." But unlike regular sex work, Ms Van Vaulker offers clients the same experience they might receive from a girlfriend.
She talks to clients, goes out to dinner with them, cuddles them, and spends time with them.
While many might associate sex workers with people paying for sex, Ms Van Vaulker says her clients are looking for something more.
"They want it to be a more romantic, more natural experience," she says.
"They're not booking for sex, they're booking for company." Although the money is attractive (Van Vaulker charges $780 for a one hour session), she says it's the flexibility and freedom associated with the job which keeps her in the industry.
"It's a career that pays a lot of money and you need no experience." she says. "The less experience you have, the more money you can get almost."
"I get to make my own choices, I have freedom to do what I want most days."
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