delve a little deeper....
I once wrote about the differences in prostitution laws between the UK and the US last year. Basically the main difference is in the US prostitution is illegal and therefore has to be kept further underground than in this country. Someone asked me last week if I knew what the score was in Australia and I admit I was a bit vague because I kinda knew that it was legal, but had a suspicion it wasn't the same in all states. So this is my very brief answer!
In the eastern states- Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and The Australian Capital Territory (which is enclaved within New South Wales) prostitution is legal and regulated.
The remaining states (Northern Territory, Southern and Western Australia and Tasmania) the laws are much like the UK- the exchange of sex for money is legal, but brothels are not. Here is a breakdown and explanation of each state if you're interested As each state makes it own laws these vary between the states and as with all nations the issue of sex work is a thorny one with the usual suspects of anti's, religious groups, radfems and skewed statistics.
However, I don't want to dwell on the individual issues of each state and quite simply the same arguments for and against decriminalisation are pretty much the world over and have been written about far better than I could!
What interested me was looking at some of the Aussie escort agencies. This one for example, Models Escort Agency based in Sydney, is very classy and sophisticated. The language isn't particularly sexual; more sensual and does not refer explicitly to sexual services even though it's fairly obvious that the models are escorts. It just felt very different to the UK agencies I am used to seeing! Select Sydney Escorts is a little more raunchy but still a lot more classy than many of the UK sites with well written blogs without explicit language.
I'm not going to link to any UK sites that I want to compare them too for fear of getting in trouble, but with so many badly put together sites full of flashing images and swirly patterns with promises of 'busty blondes' and 'pert arses' I do wonder if the either Aussie men are looking for something different to their UK counterparts or if the Australians know a bit more about marketing?!