Firstly, legalised brothels are subject to strict business regulations, which Stamenkovic says make his industry one of the toughest to operate within. Brothels are legal in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria with each state mandating its own rules.
Secondly, competition from illegal brothels is fierce and increasing. To make matters worse for legit brothel owners, consumers often cannot differentiate between legal and illegal outfits. Australian Adult Entertainment Industry spokesman William Albon says the issues of regulation and illegal competition mean it's tricky to make a buck in the brothel industry. Brothel owners and escort agency operators are capable of self-regulation.
Adult Industry Services director Alan Whitley set up his business as a consulting, advisory and support service to the adult industry 18 months ago. Whitley says business in the world's oldest profession is not in danger of fading away, but it is subject to market peaks and troughs.
According to Adult Industry Services, there's an estimated 20, Australians working in the adult industry and licensed brothels and escort agencies and up to illegal brothel operations. For those considering a future in the brothel business, Whitley says the principles of good business management are the same as those in any other business. Make sure you understand the industry and its success factors.
The sexual undertones and overtones of social networking apps like Tinder and Grindr have brought society into the golden age of casual sex.
Our ability to find like-minded folk to fornicate with is incredibly convenient. In what ways have dating apps helped or hindered our lives? Hooking up for no-strings-attached fun was definitely happening long before Tinder, Grindr and even the invention of the internet.
But, social media has definitely opened many doors in terms of ease of access. With these apps and to a lesser extent, online dating sites setting up a meeting between you and another person happens fast.
Living in this hookup culture makes us a lot more relaxed about engaging in casual sex, bringing about a change in attitude toward relationships and monogamy. Grindr and Blued have enabled casual sex and relationships in the gay community worldwide.
The reach of these apps is felt especially in countries where homosexuality is illegal. In India, Afghanistan and Pakistan, people looking for same-sex relationships existed in covert groups that used public restrooms, bathhouses and parks as pick-up locations. Without having the freedom of LGBT-friendly governments and societies, not to mention gay bars to meet others, dating apps have opened up the opportunities and brought attention to the struggle for equality. So now, more people are meeting like-minded individuals for anonymous encounters.
More of us are connecting with strangers to form short-term sexual flings. While this can put people at higher risk of something going awry — due to the lack of a screening process — are the apps to blame?