New Zealand brothels are preparing for a World Cup bonanza as advance bookings flood in – even from Ireland!
Almost a hundred thousand foreign visitors are expected for the 2011 finals which kick-off on Friday.
A couple of thousand Irish fans will follow their team at the tournament with a Wellington brothel ready to cater for their ‘physical’ needs.
Dominatrix Mary Brennan has told reporters that she has been inundated with advance bookings for the World Cup – including some from Ireland, Britain, South Africa and Canada.
Brennan’s story has been echoed across the North and South Islands in New Zealand where the sex industry was legalized eight years ago.
Brothel owners have already doubled their condom orders for the six week duration of the tournament.
“It’s going to be very busy, tens of thousands of visitors, they will predominantly be men and many of them will be looking for some type of sexual activity whilst they are here,” said brothel operator Brennan, known as Madam Mary to her clients.
“I have already received pre-bookings from South Africa, England, Ireland and Canada.
“The English are known to be particularly deviant, with many of them coming from a public school background, Whenever I hear an English accent I know there’ll be some good business there.”
Brennan owns and runs the MM Club, situated in a Wellington shopping mall and lists her services as
maid training, dungeon hire, domination, wrestling and cross dressing.
“We’re very exclusive, so we’re very, very picky about the ladies we have working for us,” added Brennan.
Prostitute Raewyn Marshall revealed that her brothel will show the rugby matches lives on a big screen to keep visitors up to date with the World Cup action.
She also told reporters that foreign visitors are often surprised by the New Zealand approach to prostitution.
“Many international visitors are fascinated by the prospect of visiting a brothel without the fear of police raids and arrests,” said Marshall who claimed US clients are the best tippers in her business.
“I’ve had some American clients who have been quite excited about the fact that they don’t have to be so covert. It’s quite different for them, a bit of a novelty.”
Sex workers operate legally in New Zealand which takes many visitors by surprise according to the country’s Prostitutes’ Collective coordinator Catherine Healy.
“Paying for sex in this country isn’t against the law,” said Healy.
“There isn’t that whole subterfuge where people say it’s a massage parlor, an escort agency, or we’re just talking.
“Sex workers here will be far more frank, they’ll say ‘you can come and visit me at the brothel and these are the sorts of services I provide’.
“There are about 3,500 prostitutes working in New Zealand and all the signs are that business will be brisk during the World Cup.
“We’ve organized to have condom supplies doubled throughout the period, that took a bit of work with the condom companies.
“The brothels are doubling up on their orders and getting ready. In our warehouse they’re stacked from the floor to the ceiling.”
Healy’s group also works closely with the New Zealand police to ensure the safety of sex industry workers.
“If clients are unpleasant or violent towards sex workers then the police can be called in,” Healy said.
“It could be a little bit of a culture shock for clients who are coming in from countries where sex workers are not supported by a framework of laws that respects their human rights and working conditions.”