Tasmanian Times

The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. No price is too high for the privilege of owning yourself. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. No price is too high for the privilege of owning yourself. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche


Mercury advertises sex …

For the past six months The Mercury newspaper has published a daily advertisement from foreign prostitutes openly advertising unsafe sex without condoms, and the ABC doesn’t care.

The ad offers Natural Services – code for sexual services without a condom – and if you call the attached phone number it is clear the women involved are foreigners. The sexual services on offer include vaginal and anal sex, with an extra charge for no condom.

At a cost of $23 per day, The Mercury would have earned over $4,000 from this single ad in the last six months, and there have also been other ads offering Natural or Nat Services. The lucrative revenue stream might explain why they don’t bother checking the content of these ads, but it doesn’t excuse The Mercury’s duty of care to the community they claim to serve.

The Mercury already has a history of bad judgement in this area. In 2009 they published an ad for “Angela 18” who was actually a 12yo schoolgirl being prostituted by her own mother. Terry Martin was destroyed, the schoolgirl was traumatised, and the girl’s mother and pimp were jailed. But The Mercury just keeps on publishing these ads, all care and no responsibility.

This was raised with the ABC weeks ago, but they seem uninterested and have done nothing with it, so the ads are still being published today. Meanwhile, The Kirby Institute has just revealed the rate of HIV in heterosexual Australian men is inexplicably rising, and new approaches are needed to stem the rise.


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  1. Ginar

    October 5, 2018 at 5:08 pm

    ABC radio did a trainwreck of an interview on this yesterday afternoon. The presenter seemed totally unprepared. He didn’t know the correct wording of the ads and then he allowed the Scarlet Alliance to claim “natural service” doesn’t really mean unprotected sex, and enforcing condom use by prostitutes is somehow counter-productive.

    You can listen to it here if you care – the interview begins at 1:13:45 http://www.abc.net.au/radio/hobart/programs/drive/drive/10315292

  2. Ian M

    October 4, 2018 at 1:33 pm

  3. Ginar

    October 4, 2018 at 11:22 am

    Two more ads for Natural Services in The Mercury again today. They just don’t care.

  4. Ginar

    October 3, 2018 at 8:05 pm

    Prostitutes cannot provide unsafe sexual practices specifically because those practices can spread disease through the wider community. The Mercury claims “we’re for you” on every front page, but that’s not so true if you’re unknowingly married to a man who visits these women.

  5. William Boeder

    October 3, 2018 at 1:16 pm

    Well well Mr Invicta, you are at your crudely expletive best in relation to this matter.
    My reference to the supply and demand market probabilities seems to be ignored by you, then that my comparison to Tasmania’s government ministers is outrageously incorrect.

    What do you think the State’s ministers actually do, as it is not necessarily known to be that either of these ministers engages with a constituent that has corresponded with a singular troubled concern to seek aid from a government minister?

    One notes that it will not cause any of these same to take on board the concern of that person and act to rectify that which troubles this same, other than offer little more than a froth and bubble acknowledgement letter of reply.

    The State’s Lib/Lab ministers deliverable products and or services are not so clearly articulated, as they only deliver promises and or quote that they are unable to assist based upon some unwarranted reference that it may be a matter of nondisclosure.

    So for fact’s sake ministers….that common person is in for a rude awakening.

    Another point is your concern about the State’s police not attending to s 12 of the sex offences Act
    2005 Tasmania, well they know a whole lot more about the reality of life as it truly is than do a bunch of pompous denying legislative ministers.
    Further to the policing of the s 12 of the Sex offenders act 2005, what did happen to the pursuit of the paedophile sex acts committed by the well known 100 whose names were recorded and given to the police?
    I understand that the then DPP came up with a “save the 100 offenders from having to appear in public when standing in the offender’s enclosure in the Supreme Court of Tasmania” strategy.

    I recall that the former DPP had proffered to the Justice Department; er-um I don’t think the young girl involved will be able to withstand the psychological harms or the trauma of recounting the lengthy series of sexual encounters with those listed 100? persons as will be required by her being summoned to the Court for her attendance.
    Thus I will use my DPP powers of discretion and overrule the need to proceed further with this (suddenly not so serious case matter of these 100?) series of events.

    I understand that a great many of those listed 100….were beer-guzzlers that gathered together at a certain hotel in Hobart to discuss the recalcitrant habits of the commoners in this State.

    What is your opinion in this matter Invicta, when one considers this already hardened young person had to contend with the alcohol stinking 100 publicly-known boozers had been clambering all over her small stature, do you concede that this young person will already be inured to any psychological harms in her having to revisit this series of illegal transgression upon her personal self?

    So now returning to the brunt of your comment, are you able to recognize that the police may be told what is right or wrong or who or what to pursue?
    Like it or not the police across Australia are aware of the sex trading industry.

    A great many of the Asian sex-trade workers have no employment skills to obtain employment in their own country, hence they are usually here to generate a high income to pay for their child’s education, and no these unskilled persons are certainly not happy about their choice of occupation in Australia. Also, quite a number of these non-skilled persons possess very poor English speaking skills, thus unable to engage in a far more accomplished English-speaking-occupation.

    So for fact’s sake, Invicta #4 open up your mind to that which the police across Australia have chosen to tolerate, in preference to your Quaker-like compelling and moralizing, also your cut-throat legalistic hubris.
    Please understand it is not I that decides these permissions that permits their occupational practices, though in having had conversations with these sex trade practitioners that had held better English skills, to learn of their actual purposes along with the duration of their planned engagement in the industry that provides these female persons with a high rate of income…compared to say an English speaking Chinese, Thai, Filipino or even a white Australian waitress.

    I have learnt in the school of hard knocks, that people should not judge others as they themselves wish not be judged. Have you ever had to sit in the court’s ‘presiding judge’ chair and demonstrate your judgement skills, Invicta?
    So Invicta, do please have a nice day, though I recommend now and when you may choose it to be further necessary, to ease back from your discourteous aspersions and bombasts.
    (Especially upon the more life-experienced and fair-minded persons.)

    The opinionizing you utter is akin to the commonly-found behaviours and attitudes held extant among the number of persons that presume themselves to be associates of the State’s self-inflated moralizing hypocritical band of Exclusives, for these are the persons that seek to inflict their undue stamping over the minds of the citizens here in Tasmania.
    Thank you.

    • Invicta

      October 4, 2018 at 2:49 pm

      As usual, William, it is difficult to ascertain the point of your comment, however you appear to have some understanding of the harms inflicted by the sex trade on women and girls.

      Perhaps, rather than rationalising the damage done to those working in prostitution as just a cynical manifestation of the way the world works, you could take some time to reflect on how things might be changed.

      Do you think prostituted women of low income and education take any comfort from the fact the police have chosen to tolerate their exploitation?

      Do you not think they might prefer to have a decent education, and the ability to earn a fair income other than in the sexual service of a procession of anonymous men?

      Do you think they are not concerned for their health when pressured to offer unprotected sex, despite the ‘extra’ some punters are occasionally willing to pay for this illegal activity?

      Do you think, based on your extensive life experience, that the 100 plus, beer guzzling men should get away with abusing a 12-year old girl, because they’re part of a ‘boys’ club’, and she was a ‘hardened’ young person anyway?

      With all due respect, William, it is not naïve to advocate for a better life for those in prostitution. It is, however, typical of lazy male entitlement to accept the status quo and claim to do so because of some advanced awareness of life and its inevitable inequities.

      And, for your information, I’m not a Quaker or a member of the Exclusive Brethren. In fact, not connected to any religion. But it’s so easy to dismiss genuine concerns about the sex trade as moralising hypocrisy, isn’t it, William. It saves you from having to really think about how awful it is for women to have a series of ‘alcohol stinking’ men crawling all over them, every day.

      Finally, it’s Miss Invicta, thank you, William.

  6. Ginar

    October 3, 2018 at 10:42 am

    There are two more ads in today’s Mercury offering Natural Services, conveniently placed next to each other so the men who want to go bareback don’t have to look too far. Totally unacceptable behaviour by The Mercury, the ABC, and Tasmania Police.

  7. Invicta

    October 2, 2018 at 10:01 pm

    These ‘natural’ services, if they are provided as advertised, are done so in breach of s 12 of the Sex Industry Offences Act 2005 (Tas). Are the POLICE not interested in this blatantly illegal activity? And, where does that leave the Mercury – accepting payment for material advertising an illegal practice?

    And, for fuck’s sake William (#1), we’ve had this discussion before. There’s NOTHING acceptable about the sex trade, or the men who provide the ‘market’ for sexual services. Lying, cheating politicians don’t make advertisements for illegal activities and the exploitation of women more palatable by comparison.

  8. Jane Rankin-Reid

    October 2, 2018 at 6:19 pm

    Its very difficult to persuade ANY media outlet in Tasmania to take the urgent necessity of protecting and respecting women seriously. We have had zero #MeToo in our part of the world. Why is this? These paid ads are insidious; sponsoring the exploitation of women is unacceptable. But so is publishing commentary calling women’s rights ‘femenazism’, or telling us to ‘watch our tone’, as though our outrage against patriachal injustice needs to be guided by more of the same male values. It is either naive or deeply cruel to claim that normalising comparisons of women’s rights to fascism, ie ‘femenazism’, is not deliberately perpetuating the reality that it is still ok to abuse women in our part of the world.

  9. Joanna Pinkiewicz

    October 1, 2018 at 6:55 pm

    It has been very difficult to have anyone in the Mercury to print articles that criticise the sex trade and if they are benefiting from it, then it explains why.

    ABC local is very cautious with what they cover… I’m not surprised. People are scared to loose they Jobs, yet we need to challenge the global sex trade of women, we need to ask difficult questions and expose realities of prostitution.

    Thank you for bringing this to attention!

  10. William Boeder

    October 1, 2018 at 11:11 am

    The establishment of the working girls in Tasmania could only succeed if there was a definite market for their services.
    I see this advertising as more than acceptable when compared to the published lies and opinions of Tasmania’s government ministers.
    One is an honestly presented objective, the other is a dishonestly presented objective.

    It is arguable which published objective is safer than the other.

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