An inside look into the Sunshine Coasts only remaining legal brothel, Lush.
An inside look into the Sunshine Coasts only remaining legal brothel, Lush. Warren Lynam

SEX ON THE COAST: Prostitute reveals 'why I love my job'

HER working name is "Zara" and she has a career in the "corporate world" some of the time.

She may even be the secretary in the front of your office, or the bookkeeper out back.

Her "other job" is as a prostitute at the Sunshine Coast's only remaining legal brothel, Lush in Marcoola.

Zara, whose "working age is 25" became involved in the industry as she had been "curious for a while".

"I thought it would be an empowering industry to get into. The rest is history."

She has been there just under two years and loves her job.

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"It gives me self-confidence and I get to pick my working hours. There is also a work-life balance and I get to meet new people every day."

But the real reason she finds it fulfilling might surprise - she feels like she is making a difference in the lives of the disabled.

"My speciality is disabled clients and I see about six a month. They come from Bundaberg, Toowoomba and Brisbane to see me.

"For some, the only human contact they have is with family members or carers.

"Anyone who knows a disabled person knows they can have everything going in their brains, but their body doesn't catch up.

"They enjoy it, I enjoy giving it to them."

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Zara doesn't see this as a forever job and not many outside of the brothel knows what she is doing.

"It's empowering because you are in control, there is something about being desired that builds your confidence".

She has other qualifications and a tertiary diploma.

"I also work in the corporate world that has nothing to do with this industry," she said.

"Don't get me wrong, there are plenty of ladies that do this as a career.

"I plan to make it viable for five years.

"There are family members who know what I do, but I haven't told my mum.

"I see it as okay as long as I'm happy and healthy, it's not something I like for her to worry about."

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Lush manager Emma Bennett said working girls like Zara were sole traders and the $160 per half an hour upwards fee covered room hire and the rest was split with "the girls".

"Anything they do above that is their business as it long as it is a safe sexual practice."

They were allowed to indulge their clients' fetishes.

And one of the more common requests involved feet.

"Guys like feet worshipping," she said.

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