What if you had not been touched erotically in 10 long years? What if a disability made it hard for you to even self pleasure?
That was the predicatment ‘Ian’ found himself in – and he chose to visit an Adelaide brothel.
But sex work has still not been decriminalised in South Australia as it has in other Australian states.
So should ‘Ian’, or anyone else, be able to visit a sex professional – a sex worker?
Two SA State Labor parliamentarians, Minister for Women Gail Gago and Backbencher Steph Key, will present private members bills to parliament this month with the aim to decriminalise sex work in South Australia, in what Ms Gago says is a “long overdue change in an area where South Australia is out of step with the rest of the nation.”
Dignity for Disability MP Kelly Vincent supports the private members bills and says people with disabilities need to be able to safely and legally access sex workers.
We spoke to ‘Ian’, who has a disability and has used sex services in the past, to get his side of the story.
Produced by: Tim Brunero and Michael Roelink