Nino Bucci June 15, 2012
Wasn't seeking this ... A screen shot of the anonymous job offer on Facebook.
It is either a bold attempt to attract sex workers, or yet another internet scam.
When Kate, a Melbourne doctor, opened an anonymous Facebook message last week, she was not expecting to be propositioned with a $500 an hour job at a ‘‘boutique adult services agency’’.
The 25-year-old was even more taken aback when the message, from a profile called ‘Facebook user’, said that she was ‘‘particularly attractive’’ and could be used to help expand the business.
‘‘I thought it was a bit of a joke, but then I got concerned that some people could actually respond to this,’’ Kate, who did not want her real name used, said.
‘‘If someone was flattered by the message or really needed money and replied, they could either get caught up in a scam or become a sex worker.
‘‘It’s not the sort of thing you want people who could be vulnerable exposed to.’’
Kate said she would be worried if the message’s author had sent the message to her after viewing her profile picture, as opposed to sending it randomly. Her profile is private.
The message, which was received in the ‘other’ messages section on Kate’s profile, declared that should she wish to make extra money she could reply to the message requesting contact details.
The chief executive of the Scarlet Alliance, a group that represents sex workers, said she would be surprised if the message was a legitimate attempt to recruit escorts.
Janelle Fawkes said she had canvassed the message with escort agencies and sex workers and was unaware of any business in the industry using social media to recruit employees, despite the proliferation of adult services web forums.
‘‘Nobody else has come across anything like it or knows if it’s a scam or not,’’ Ms Fawkes said.
‘‘I’ve never heard of people receiving messages like this about working in the industry.’’
A police spokeswoman said no reports had been made about the message to the sex crimes unit and it was unclear if it was an internet scam.