Estelle Lucas in The Age!
I was recently interviewed and published in the Age newspaper!
The photojournalism focused on the impact COVID-19 had on people’s jobs and career.
You can find a bit about me and my position as a sex worker.
You can read the article here and view my images.
Alternatively, I’ve cut and pasted the section that relates to me below.
Estelle Lucas, 28
“I never thought I’d ‘miss’ a client because clients come and go and you can’t get too attached, but it’s different when it’s not that we’ve grown apart but we are hindered from a virus,” says full-time escort Estelle Lucas.
With no in-person bookings allowed, and fines for sex workers found breaching social distancing laws of up to $20,000 – Estelle, like many others in the sex industry, have seen their incomes evaporate overnight.
Estelle has qualified for JobSeeker and has created a Twitter group for sex workers to help each other apply for government subsidies.
Like many other industries, Estelle says her industry has quickly adapted with many workers now offering online content or experiences. But she worries about the sustainability of that.
“My clients offer me more than just money and a good time; I enjoy hearing from them, asking for their advice and creating adventures,” she says.
“Every client is different and has different needs, and working in a sexual setting, there’s a huge emphasis on building a connection. Connections need to be maintained or they can fizzle out.
“I’m scared that once this is over, I’ll lose the connections I’ve worked so hard to sustain and I’ll have to start over with a new client base.”