Ethical brothel struggles to find staff

brothel signNZ Herald 14 May 2017
Family First Comment: Good stuff
“…her attempts to fill vacancies amongst her staff were being hindered by a refusal from Winz – as well as TradeMe and local Facebook job boards – to allow her to advertise for staff with them. She had been told by Winz that sex work was “unsuitable” for its job listings.”
Politicians may deem it acceptable but, ironically, government departments and families don’t!

The owner of Whangarei’s new ethical brothel has hit out at Work and Income New Zealand for blocking her efforts to find would-be sex workers from the ranks of the unemployed.

Antonia Murphy opened The Bach, in Whangarei, four months ago.

But she said her attempts to fill vacancies amongst her staff were being hindered by a refusal from Winz – as well as TradeMe and local Facebook job boards – to allow her to advertise for staff with them.

She had been told by Winz that sex work was “unsuitable” for its job listings. But she disagreed, saying women should be free to make the choice for themselves.

And what did Winz deem suitable?

“A quick look at the Northland Winz job board answers that question: cleaning work, serving in restaurants, working at a call centre,” said Murphy.

“These are entry level jobs, the vast majority of which pay within a few pennies of minimum wage. I am offering more than eleven times that pay rate.”

Murphy paid up to $180 an hour, offered a flexible working schedule and free childcare.

However, Ministry of Social Development associate national commissioner Annie Aranui said it was a long-standing policy to not list or refer job seekers to work in the sex industry.

“This policy was confirmed immediately following the passage of the Prostitution Reform Act in 2003.”
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