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This is what Nikki Cox — a pseudonym she works under — thought to herself when she drove to a police station after she was sexually assaulted by a client, who booked with the name Alex, in February last year. But Alex was on Tuesday handed a partly suspended sentence of months in jail — of which he must serve two months — for one count of aggravated sexual assault, to which he pleaded guilty in April. Nikki has told her story to BuzzFeed News because she felt the chance of her assault being taken seriously enough to result in an arrest, let alone in a successful prosecution, was microscopic.
She wants sex workers who have been assaulted to know there is legal recourse available to them. She wants men to know the laws governing consent apply whether or not money has changed hands. Nikki says in the same fortnight she was sexually assaulted by a client, so too were four other Brisbane sex workers. One was injured so badly she was hospitalised. Text messages submitted to police show Nikki told Alex that she had a sore back and so the booking had to be slow and easy and he agreed.
Her husband was at the other end of their property. He happened to have a rare day off. Her police statement, seen by BuzzFeed News, details what Nikki says happened next: the pair disrobed, she massaged his back with her breasts, he rolled over, she put a condom on his penis and began performing oral sex on him.
Nikki plays music softly so she can time her appointments, but it isn't so loud that she can't hear her clients. A Queensland Police spokesperson told BuzzFeed News the force had not received a complaint in relation to the handling of Nikki's case but that it was "committed to providing a timely and professional response to supporting victims of sexual assault".
Nikki was referred to another police station, Acacia Ridge, where another officer interviewed her. Nikki says if sex work was decriminalised she could have had a receptionist, or made it clear someone else was in the house that day.