Australia dating laws
A popular "sugar daddy" dating website that links young women with wealthy older men who pay to meet up with them may break sex work laws, police have warned.
The Seeking Arrangement website claims its Australian membership is growing exponentially and that it has 154,537 people signed up.
Sydney woman Ella (not her real name) has a full-time job, is a single mother and is starting a postgraduate university degree.
The 29-year-old has an arrangement with a businessman nearly twice her age and each time they meet he pays her ,000."It's not sex for money, it's an exchange between two adults that have something to give each other, on levels far greater than just sexual," Ella said."Intimacy is a very small part of it, for some people it's a be all and end all, but for me personally, it's much more about a mental connection with someone."[The first time we met up] he said 'here's a book for you', and I was sort of thrown by the whole idea."He said 'make sure you have a read of it later when you get home'."When I got home, there was a nice white envelope tucked in with ,000."While the website claims it is a dating service, Ella says most men on there are looking for sexual services."Ninety-five per cent of them will tell you 'I want to see you three times a week, for an hour each time'."Well I'm sorry, you're not looking for a sugar arrangement, you're looking for an escort." In Victoria escorts must be registered, and in South Australia it is illegal to pay someone for sex."These types of websites are of concern because they may breach the law and they may also place people in dangerous situations," South Australia Police said in a statement.
Alix Tichelman, 27, was charged with killing Google executive Forrest Hayes in November 2013.
It was alleged she met Mr Hayes on Seeking Arrangement.
Australian Adult Entertainment Industry spokesman William Albon said the industry wanted the laws updated to include websites like Seeking Arrangement."The internet is having a massive impact, we're scared of it, we appeal, we cry out for help, we want the government to assist us," Mr Albon said."Competition is a good thing when you have a fair, level playing field. "Will one start to get their heart engaged in this and then become vulnerable and forget that up front they made this arrangement?This is not a fair level playing field."Relationships Australia's Kylie Dunjey said she had concerns about connecting financial arrangements to intimacy."Will it always and forever be understood by both equally that this is strictly a business relationship? "I think the question to ask is if there was no money involved, would there still be attraction?The Application of the Morton Principles in Canada Steamship Lines Ltd v the King in Singapore Reconsidered Australian Journal of Asian Law, Vol. 1-20, 2016 , Singapore Management University School of Law Research Paper No. Problems with Ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Australian Journal of Asian Law, Vol. 1, Article 1, 2014 Human Rights, Procedural Protections and the Social Construction of Mental Illness: Involuntary Civil Commitment Under China's New Mental Health Law Australian Journal of Asian Law, Vol. 18/2016 Proposal to Reform the Japanese Saiban’in Seido (Lay Judge System) to Exclude Drug-Related Cases: Context and Complexities from the Chiba District Court Australian Journal of Asian Law, Vol. Victoria Police said "websites like this are an emerging trend that Victoria Police is looking at closely in terms of current legislation".