Erotic massage parlours and saunas like Chequers in Thai Town, Sydney, Australia, will reopen on June 13 after being closed for nearly three months because of the coronavirus lockdown. Photo: Brett Sheehan Erotic massage parlours and saunas like Chequers in Thai Town, Sydney, Australia, will reopen on June 13 after being closed for nearly three months because of the coronavirus lockdown. Photo: Brett Sheehan
Erotic massage parlours and saunas like Chequers in Thai Town, Sydney, Australia, will reopen on June 13 after being closed for nearly three months because of the coronavirus lockdown. Photo: Brett Sheehan

Coronavirus pandemic

When Sydney massage parlours reopen, unlicensed sex workers will have an income for the first time in months

  • The 11-week closure of massage parlours ordered to limit the spread of coronavirus has been hard on the women who staff them, since they are not paid a salary
  • Advocacy groups and researchers point out ways the women, many of them Asian migrants, are exploited in an industry rife with unlicensed operators

Topic |   Coronavirus pandemic
Erotic massage parlours and saunas like Chequers in Thai Town, Sydney, Australia, will reopen on June 13 after being closed for nearly three months because of the coronavirus lockdown. Photo: Brett Sheehan Erotic massage parlours and saunas like Chequers in Thai Town, Sydney, Australia, will reopen on June 13 after being closed for nearly three months because of the coronavirus lockdown. Photo: Brett Sheehan
Erotic massage parlours and saunas like Chequers in Thai Town, Sydney, Australia, will reopen on June 13 after being closed for nearly three months because of the coronavirus lockdown. Photo: Brett Sheehan
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