I was amazed to read that Sydney, Australia has what must be one of the most unusual - and sought-after - jobs in the world.
The Sydney Morning Herald reports:
Three years ago Fred Allen* was a taxi driver working 12-hour shifts to make ends meet.
Today, he is a gun for hire, having received tens of thousands of dollars from Sydney's metropolitan councils in exchange for crucial evidence that is presented in court to help expose and close underground parlours. In short, Mr Allen has paid sex with prostitutes and ratepayers foot the bill.
"Never in a million years would I have imagined a job like this existed, let alone me doing it," the 60-year-old said, with a hint of a smirk. "It's a strange world for sure."
. . .
Mr Allen's maiden mission involved an undercover visit to an unlicensed brothel reportedly masquerading as a massage clinic. "I had never been to a brothel in my life so I was feeling quite nervous and apprehensive," he recalled.
"I didn't know what to expect. I reminded myself that this was a legal job exposing illegal activities. As far as first days at work go, I enjoyed myself."
. . .
Mr Allen confirmed he had completed more than 60 jobs at various locations across Sydney. In nearly every case, the establishments were "clean and comfortable" environments staffed almost exclusively by Asian girls who were in Australia to "study English". Sexual services were given in all but three of the businesses he has visited, he said.
"The jobs flow in, on average, once every three weeks. If it spreads out that way, it's perfect," he said.
"But there are occasions when they all arrive at once. For instance, I was given three jobs to complete, for the same council, in the same week ... and I'm not as young as I used to be."
[* Not his real name]
There's more at the link. You can read more about his job here.
I wonder how Sydney ratepayers feel when they realize that their money is paying for an investigator to have sex with prostitutes? I imagine the council could instead call for unpaid volunteers from among the ratepayers. I daresay it'd be overwhelmed with the response! Alternatively, we could get Mike Rowe to investigate it as an extension of his 'Dirty Jobs' series . . .