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Sex workers are targeting fly-in fly-out mining workers at Perth Airport immediately after they return from the mines.
According to The West Australian sex workers are attempting to take miners to hotels or brothels immediately after they step off the plane.
The West Australian reports that the sex industry has made two official attempts to open office space at Perth’s FIFO terminals to attract the business of mining workers.
The requests have so far been declined but have lead to sex workers waiting inside the airport.
According to The West Australian a Perth Airport spokesperson said there was no evidence of sex work activity on the terminals it controlled.
There are five other terminals at Perth Airport mostly owned by airlines.
One brothel owner said FIFO workers accounted for 80 per cent of their business and they had approached one airline about the prospect of handing out pamphlets to travelers.
"It’s a smart way to do business and if they allowed me I would do it tomorrow," they said.
According to The West Australian large numbers of sex workers were also flying to Western Australia from the eastern states to take advantage of the business.
Last year some FIFO sex workers said they were making almost $2,000 a day in Queensland mining regions.
But in an in-depth look at sex work and the mining industry earlier this year one expert told Australian Mining much of the coverage around the topic had been exaggerated and sensational.
University of New England associate professor John Scott said there was also no evidence to suggest a massive rise in sex work in mining towns.
“There have been no measurements on it, but my hunch is that it would not be epidemic,” he said.
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