It's a pretty good gig, working at The Bach– $180/hour, flexible schedule, free childcare on site. So why won't Work and Income list our job vacancies? Because sex work is "Not Suitable," according to WINZ...as if it's anyone's business what's considered "suitable" for women in 2017! The New Zealand Herald thought this was an interesting question, and they published an article about it: Ethical Brothel Struggles To Find Staff (we're not struggling, but I guess that sells papers!)
Plenty of people have opinions about sex and the sex industry, and many are too scared to say what they really think. This man wasn't...let's call him "James." James sent us this extraordinarily touching email, and I have a feeling he speaks for many men:
Hi Antonia, thank you for your statements in the NZ Herald the other day, which I am sure many men appreciated. I think you are right, we live in a society that refuses to acknowledge and validate that men may have strong needs for intimacy, attention and loving care. And for many, this translates as a need for sex. These issues raise innumerable conflicts relating to morality, religion, mens and womens self-esteem, and law. The lack of discussion, and the lack of the male voice, is tragic - not only for men, but also for society. If more men could afford your services in a comfortable and ethical context, I believe it would have a significant impact on mental health. Thank you.
It's not all doom and gloom in the media...Corazon Miller of the New Zealand Herald has written a strong and well-balanced piece in Sunday's paper about The Bach and our concept of the "ethical brothel." Shouldn't be so controversial really– the idea of paying women well for their talents, dealing fairly with our employees, and operating a clean business free from drugs, violence or exploitation! But unfortunately, "drugs-gangs-and human trafficking" are still what most people associate with the sex industry, so all we can do is provide a great service with healthy, sexy women and prove them all wrong.
Brava, Corazon! And thank you for telling our story. The article is entitled "The Ethics of Prostitution: Selling Sex Out of The Shadows." You can read the full text of the article (and view a video interview with Madame Murphy--oo la la!) here.