News

Brothel work started at age 15

A WOMAN who began working at a Maroochydore brothel at 15 later commanded $3000 a day as a high class international escort.

The former sex worker has detailed her 18-year career in a just-released book, Mattress Actress.

The woman, who writes under the name Annika Cleeve, is now a married mother who holds a university doctorate.

As a teenager, she worked at an illegal brothel in an old house off the main drag in Maroochydore.

She had struggled to get legitimate work that would pay the bills after she left home following family problems and two sexual assaults.

Ms Cleeve said girls regularly lied about their ages, and worked under assumed names, to avoid hassles from the police.

When the Fitzgerald Inquiry brought a crackdown on sex workers, Ms Cleeve headed to Kings Cross, and later to Australia's top brothel, Tiffany's, before heading to Singapore and a jet-set life as an escort for the rich and famous, earning $10,000-$15,000 a week.

But Ms Cleeve said she did not necessarily encourage others to follow in her footsteps.

"I don't want to be viewed as an advocate," she said.

"If you are in the industry and feeding a habit, if you're not saving your money, you're not doing it properly.

"By the age of 25, I owned five houses. I wasn't married and I didn't have a boyfriend. That's the upside. If you play your cards right and you're a professional, the upside would be financially satisfying."

Ms Cleeve said that during her time as a sex worker, she saw other young women fall victim to drugs, and others who disappeared, presumably to be used as sex slaves.

She said life as a sex worker was far removed from that of Julia Roberts in the movie Pretty Woman.

Although she once had her own version of Richard Gere, who gave her gifts and took her on holidays, she eventually realised that she was just a sex object to him.

"The whole Julia Roberts, Pretty Woman thing is just b......t.

"There was a client I did have feelings for. We were driving on our way to the airport to go on holiday. He was talking about all these things he was going to do to me.

"I asked him if he knew my bust size. He said 10DD."

"I asked him if he knew my eye colour. He couldn't tell me.

"I said, 'Can you stop the car and let me out here?'"

Ms Cleeve said she would have much preferred to have been a normal teenager with a mother who came to watch her play netball.

Topics:  book brothel prostitute sex worker



Skin clinic swims for charity

Toby Campbell, Natalie Le Breton, Dr Mark Groves and Tanya Priest from the Yamba Skin Clinic who organised the swim to raise money for Lower Clarence Relay for Life.

Swimming fundraiser a success for Yamba Skin Clinic

WIN a fishing trip, $5000 BCF voucher and get free stuff

Want to catch one of these big fellas!? Get your name into our competition to win the ultimate fishing holiday!

WERE running a stack of reely incredible giveaways!

Strange Politics: Follow Pauline on high and low roads

No need to choose - Pauline takes the high and low roads.

Enter Pauline Hanson - the political phoenix

Local Partners

Lifeguards commended after rescuing eight at Pippi

Lifeguards Harry Fahey and Mikey Gilliman talk about their 'textbook rescue' of eight swimmers while on patrol at Pippi Beach


5 things to do this weekend

Lower Clarence Relay for Life Swim

Looking for something to do this weekend?

Puppetry of the Penis secrets revealed ahead of show

The famed Puppetry of the Penis is coming to the Sunshine Coast for shows in Noosa and Caloundra.

WARNING: This interview contains adult themes and traces of nuts

Artist program to link to gallery theme

VALUABLE STINT: Indigenous artist Karla Dickens at work in Grafton Regional Gallery's studio during her 2010 artist's residency.

Gallery encouraging indigenous artists to take up residency offer

Jennifer Aniston wants to return to TV

Jennifer Aniston is desperate to make a return to TV

Madonna hopes for election unity

Madonna hopes Donald Trump's election will "bring people together"

JK Rowling rules out Cursed Child trilogy

JK Rowling has ruled out a 'Cursed Child' movie trilogy

Buckley's chance in psychological thriller

James McAvoy and Betty Buckley in a scene from the movie Split.

Broadway veteran back on big screen with James McAvoy

Daniel MacPherson: acting’s a bit like channel surfing

Australian actor Daniel MacPherson in a scene from the American TV series APB.

THE Aussie export talks about making his mark in the US.

Shopping isn't fun if you can see dead people

Lisa Marie Woodham will be giving readings in Gladstone until Saturday January 21.

Shopping isn't fun if you can see dead people

Thousands of jobs part of $1b retirement village project

THIS YEAR: An artist impression of the new Aveo retirement village in Springfield.

Aveo Springfield unveiled this month, homes ready by July

Rates safe from land value hike

DRIVING GROWTH: The Pacific Highway upgrade has been linked to improved land values.

Figures up in latest valuer-general report

KNIFE-EDGE: The housing tightrope we now face

Even the smallest interest rate rise will be hard for some to handle.

One if five home owners at risk, according to new analysis

Historical home leaves family's hands after 75 years

SALE CONFIRMED: The Gympie Regional   Realty team which sold the Ramsey property are (back) Mel Gastigar, Dorothy Palmer and Margaret Cochrane, with (front) home seller Terri-Jayne Ramsey.

Ramsey family played a huge role in Gympie's growth.

Pat Rafter's $18m Coast home proves hot property

PAT'S PAD: The Sunshine Beach home of tennis ace Pat rafter is on the market for a record price.

"It's a record for our company and for the Sunshine Coast.''

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!