“95% are good clients,” she says. “It makes me feel good when you give me good feedback…I love my job.” and thought that a “happy ending” (when the masseuse ends the session by doing a sexual favor to the client) was part of the service.
Susan (not pictured) has received inappropriate demands throughout her career. sauce: Getty / kaia picture
“It was very scary at first,” says Susan. “When I was inexperienced and couldn’t speak English well”
“Immigrant and refugee women continue to be largely overshadowed in major national surveys and national efforts to end sexual harassment in the workplace,” said lead author Associate Professor Marie Segrave. says.
“They may try to touch you, they may try to talk to you and ask… they may make suggestive comments.”
When you are unaware they will try to touch your body.
Susan, massage therapist
“In my experience, when a guy asks about the whole body, I recognize what it means,” she says.
Susan is a warm stone massage specialist. sauce: Getty / Yuri Arculus
Now in her 40s, Susan owns a massage business in a rural Queensland city.
“When I was younger, we were just scared. We used to cry.”
“There is an absolutely racist element to it.”
There is absolutely a racist element to it.
Rebecca Burnett, Association of Massage Therapists
Thailand is a center of “sex tourism” where sex work is openly practiced despite being illegal. The industry is estimated to contribute about $8 billion to the national economy annually.
According to the National Skills Commission’s Labor Market Insights, there are over 18,000 massage therapists working in Australia. About 46% of massage therapists were born overseas, according to 2016 Australian Bureau of Statistics statistics. About 31% are from Asian countries, including about 12% from Southeast Asia, including Thailand, Vietnam and the Philippines.
Confusion with a brothel
“It makes a man…try to bargain with any type of Asian or any type of massage.
flashing sign spruiks massage for sale sauce: SBS News / SBSThai
Brothels are legal in New South Wales and Victoria, partially decriminalized in the Northern Territory, Queensland and the ACT, and remain illegal in Western Australia, South Australia and Tasmania.
“I think there’s a bit of a thrill in trying to lure a licensed therapist into offering sexual services, and that actually leads to harassment during the table treatment.”
anxiety about visa
“It’s particularly difficult in the client context because that’s a different kind of relationship than, say, a big workplace, where there’s potentially a great HR system that can trigger some intervention in behavior. There is a possibility. ”
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https://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/susan-is-a-professional-massage-therapist-but-regularly-gets-asked-for-happy-endings/7tepdzwl0 Australian massage therapists in Asia regularly asked for a ‘happy ending’. SBS News