Desperate turn to sex work

North Shore Times 08/10/2010
Desperate young women who have turned to prostitution are among those seeking help from a North Shore beneficiaries service. At least four in their early 20s have become sex workers in recent months after struggling to find other work, Beneficiary Advocacy and Information Service senior advocate Pam Apera says. “We have seen an increase in the number of people being refused food grants from WINZ and people being turned down for help paying their bonds. “Most disturbingly I have even encountered young women who feel that they have no option but to turn to prostitution in order to live,” she says.