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Magnet for sex, drugs and rock & roll

  1. Docta
    Forget Australia's mining boom. The nation's strong economy, high currency and wages have made us a magnet for sex, drugs and rock and roll. Foreign sex workers, drug smugglers and global rock acts are all targeting Australia to cash in on an economy growing at 3.1 per cent when other developed nations are struggling to expand at all.

    The alternative boom has emerged as Australian average full-time wages hit about $70,000 a year, and with the Australian dollar trading stubbornly above parity with the US dollar for the past two years.

    That has made Australia even more profitable for fly-in and fly-out rock acts and prostitutes, and especially for drug traffickers who are taking bigger risks with the hope of windfall profits.
    "Offshore organised crime syndicates perceive Australia to have a robust economy and to have been less affected by the global financial crisis than other jurisdictions," said Paul Jevtovic, the Australian Crime Commission's executive director of intervention and prevention.

    Drug profits

    Australian police made 69,500 illicit drug busts in the year to June 30, 2012, the highest in a decade, and have made record arrests in the first six months of this financial year.
    In recent months, police have intercepted drugs hidden in a 20-tonne steamroller and heavy machinery, in a large wooden altar, and they have broken up a drug ring involving smugglers in Australia, Japan and Vietnam.

    One of the biggest smuggling operations was a failed bid to bring in more than 200 kilograms of cocaine across the Pacific Ocean from Ecuador on a 13-metre yacht, found grounded on a small atoll in Tonga with a dead crewman aboard.
    Australian police, who work closely with the US Drug Enforcement Administration and authorities throughout Asia and the South Pacific, said the high prices paid in Australia and the strong dollar all helped make the country attractive for smugglers.

    Crime statistics show why some are willing to risk up to 20 years in prison.
    The Australian Crime Commission, which examines trends and works closely with police agencies, said heroin and MDMA, also known as ecstasy, sell for about eight times more in Australia than in Britain and the United States, although Australia is a much smaller market.

    Crime Commission data given to Reuters shows a kilogram of cocaine is worth about $US2,400 in Colombia, $US12,500 in Mexico, and $US33,000 in the United States.The same kilogram of cocaine is worth more than $200,000 in Australia.

    Rock revival

    Once a remote destination for big rock acts, Australia has been flooded with talent over the past year and faces a steady stream of musicians, including heritage acts, in 2013.
    The strong dollar has made Australia the ideal place to perform for musicians wanting to make money at a time when touring rather than album sales is the main driver of income, with many acts charging a premium in a cashed-up economy.

    In the first half of 2013, Australia will see tours by Bruce Springsteen, Pink, Guns N'Roses, Ringo Starr, ZZ Top, Thin Lizzy, the Steve Miller Band, Deep Purple, Santana, Status Quo, Robert Plant, Neil Young, Carole King, Paul Simon and Kiss.
    The high ticket prices have upset some fans, who question why an artist like Springsteen charges more than $200 for a premium ticket in Australia, when the same ticket to the same show in Connecticut in October cost $US90.
    "You can't tell me it costs more than double per head to stage a concert here in Australia," said music fan Robin Pash, who has just returned from the United States, where he saw Springsteen and a series of acts for what would be considered bargain prices.

    Entertainment journalist Jonathon Moran, however, said the higher prices reflected the higher cost in Australia, although Australia's strong dollar did make it more attractive to perform downunder.
    "More people want to come here, and Australian audiences are comparatively well off and can afford the tickets," Moran, from a News Ltd. newspaper, told Reuters.

    Sex and the boom

    Sex workers are also cashing in on the boom, particularly in remote mining towns, where the world's oldest profession is the latest to adopt fly-in, fly-out work practices. And more overseas sex workers are heading for Australia.
    A 2012 report for the NSW government found a marked rise in the number of female sex workers from Thailand, Korea and China since 2006, with 53 per cent of sex workers from Asia and a further 13.5 per cent from other non-English-speaking countries.

    The report, by the University of New South Wales, found a median hourly rate of $150 for sex services in Sydney, although sex workers can charge double that in remote mining towns full of cashed-up men.
    In the gold mining town of Kalgoorlie in Western Australia, the Red House brothel, which has operated since 1934, advertises services starting at $300 an hour.

    Proprietor Bruna Meyers said women in her establishment earned as much as $4,000 a week at a busy time, or about three times the average full-time Australian wage.
    "The girls who come here are mainly from over east. They come in, sometimes for two or three weeks at a time. Some are just girls who are travelling around the world," Meyers told Reuters.



  1. Basoodler
    Really? That's crazy with the current political moves and platforms here
    Where its acceptable for the middle class to accept that they make too much, its OK for the rich to take a platform of self serving greed (Australia still has that rich business woman who made comments that minimum wage should be dropped to meet china's or wages compared to poor African countries)

    Its amazing to me that there are portions of my state where the average family income is in the $20,000 a year range..and its politically OK to say they are lazy, self serving, leeches, but acceptable for the extremely rich to rape the tax code. Cry and wine about having to pay to pay employees a wage that would be sustainable.. its fucked up in my opinion.. and goes to show just how fucked up america has become.

    Prices are relative to the average expendable $$ that people possess. The smaller market also makes it less worthwhile to risk smuggling.

    Is acdc on a lay off.. its an Australian product that would be considered more relevant than half those bands listed. Zz-top, deep purple, Steve miller and guns and roses took a break from playing county fairs to play in Australia? (You go where the tickets sell..). This isn't a mystery.. people in Australia have always like classic rock (from what I've read) and some of those bands are sitting on their thumbs back home. G&R really? Did axle rose decide to get off his self serving. Lazy ass and play music again?

    Makes sense.. but why go on for 3 paragraphs about it.

    Why is this interesting.. Australia is relatively close to places like Thailand, SE Asia. Indonesia etc. I am sure that if the USA was closer to those places we would have copious amounts of Asian hookers too. God knows there is a market for it.

    The working Girls here who make less than the quoted amount above are generally doing the work out of desperation. They are for the most part not the cleanest bunch or desirable. I feel bad for their situation and wish there was a better support system that would protect those girls who do it by choice, treated addiction for not only the rich, but for the people suffering and living on the streets. Those are the people who need the most help.

    The high class girls/boys in the sex industry make far more than $300 an hour. Even some of the girls who are in bad situations make more than $300 an hour.. ever checked out the price of middle of the road escorts and strippers. Hell a girl stripping in her prime at a strip club can make money comparable to that figure.

    I don't think these things are new for Australia..
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