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Call girls face hard times as clients tighten belts

WE'RE screwed.

That's the message from Gladstone call girls who are struggling to make ends meet in a softening industry.

Sex workers have fallen on hard times recently, local prostitute "Ava" said.

A drop in business means men and ladies of the night have turned to other professions to make ends meet.

"I haven't worked in Gladstone for a long time," Ava said.

"I know in Mackay, Rockhampton, we were all struggling... if the guys don't get paid then we don't get paid."

Currently studying property economics at university, Ava was working in Gladstone only a year ago.

She said she had not returned for more than eight months due to a lack of demand for her services.

"I know ladies that were working last year or the year before and they're not working anymore... they've left the industry completely," Ava said.

"I've actually had to go all the way down to New South Wales, the Sunshine Coast; it's been hard, very hard.

"I think it's like everywhere, it has slowed down a little bit ... a lot of people out there are finding it tough."

Tightening of the belts by clientele has led many sex workers to look to other forms of employment, said Kathy Green, program co-ordinator of career transition program at BSI Learning.

"I've had a lot more calls about it (sex workers looking for other employment/training) in the past six months," she said.

"If it's tough in one place it's tough everywhere, that's what I've noticed."

Ms Green said her organisation was dedicated to providing pathways for sex workers looking to move into a different career path.

"Basically what this program does, it's a career transition program... if they want to leave the industry and retrain then we'll help them," she said.

She said BSI tried to offer as much support as possible to help former sex workers achieve their careers.

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