A commentary and resource on Law and Sexuality by Professor Chris Ashford and guests
The other day I posted a piece about the Brisbane Supreme Court and a 12-year-old who had posed as an 18-year-old. Another aspect of the age debate is the appearance of youth. At the recent Erotic Awards 2011, the 20-year-old sex worker, Josh Brandon won the ‘sex worker male’ category. I’d exchanged a few tweets with him before the awards and he seems a really nice guy. What I write next, should not in any way be seen as a criticism of him.
, writing: ‘I have a slim 25″ waist, tight little butt & shoulder length blonde hair; my looks are very young, younger than 19, 18 and probably even 17’.
He is making a sales pitch of not only his youth, but his underage look. He could, it seems to me, pass as a convincing 14 year old based on these photos. He’s also, he states,a highly successful sex worker, and one for whom sex work has empowered, he writes:
‘With me you will meet an escort who enjoys his job and the freedom it gives me to travel and to meet lots of interesting people and the comfortable lifestyle I live are reasons I love this work. You will be in company of a boy who appreciates and respects his clients with professionalism. I like people, I like to travel and meet people from different cultures and backgrounds and I appreciate my clients who respect that a profession is what this is.’
His quoted rates, support his high-demand status:
In call Out call
1 Hour – £160 £200
Overnight – £800 £900
Weekend – £1500 £1500
One Week – £3000
One Week – $5000
Weekend – $2500
One Week – €3500
Weekend – €1750
Overnight – €1150
Our legal culture penalises those who have sex with someone underage but also prosecutes those who have possession of child pornography – including pseudo-images. We are however, comfortable (at least legally) with images that look like child pornography but which are not (assuming it can be proven). For Josh Brandon, who trades upon his youthful appearance, we have someone who is quite possibly satisfying the sexual desire of those men who wish to have sex with someone underage. In doing so, is he -as the argument about child pornography goes – ‘fuelling’ desire, unwittingly increasing the chance of someone going out and committing an offence.
(a)the impression conveyed by the image is that the person shown is a child, or
(b)the predominant impression conveyed is that the person shown is a child despite the fact that some of the physical characteristics shown are not those of a child.
(7)References to an image of a person include references to an image of an imaginary person.
(8)References to an image of a child include references to an image of an imaginary child.