Single Aussie mums turning to prostitution in bid to pay bills
A few single mothers in Australia have turned to prostitution and strip clubs in order to keep a roof over their family's head.
The move came after the mothers were hit by a recent welfare cuts to parenting at the start of 2013 and affected 84,000 single parents, mostly mothers who received parenting payments.
The majority have been shifted onto the Newstart unemployment allowance when their youngest child turns eight, news.com.au reports.
More than 60,000 single parents now receive between 60 and 100 dollars a week less under entitlement changes.
According to the report, while the federal budget will look 728 million dollars better over four years and make the system more sustainable, welfare groups have been concerned families will fall into poverty.
A spokeswoman from a Brisbane brothel told an international news agency that there had been 'influx' in applications from single mothers looking for work since the welfare changes came through.
She said there had been about 20 applications.
She said that women working at one brothel could make up to 1000 dollars during an eight hour shift, seeing three to five clients.
A spokeswoman from an inner-city Melbourne brothel said she knew of some single mothers, affected by the cuts, applying for jobs in strip clubs.
A woman from a St Kilda brothel said she had also noticed a huge increase in single mothers seeking sex work.
Single Parents Action Group spokeswoman Katrina Rae said she was not surprised women in her position were turning to sex work and stripping to pay the bills, the report added.