Perth Airport's charter terminals have become the new stalking ground for prostitutes trying to lure fly-in, fly-out workers returning from remote mine sites.
Prostitutes are soliciting the workers as they step off their flights and taking them directly to hotels or brothels.
The sex industry has identified the FIFO workers as a lucrative market and has made two official requests to open office space in the airport's FIFO terminals so they can tout for business.
Two charter airline executives have told _The West Australian _they rejected the requests from the brothel owners.
Despite this, prostitutes have been waiting inside the FIFO terminals and in shaded areas outside.
"They are discreet and it's difficult to identify them," an airline executive said.
A Perth Airport spokesperson said there was no evidence of soliciting in the two terminals - T1 (international) and T3 (Virgin Australia/Skywest) - that it controlled.
Perth Airport has seven terminals, most of which are owned by airlines.
Brothel owner Mary-Anne Kenworthy said FIFO workers accounted for 80 per cent of her business. Ms Kenworthy said she had approached one airline about giving out pamphlets some years ago but was rejected.
"It's a smart way to do business and if they allowed me I would do it tomorrow," Ms Kenworthy said.
"We were only talking about the opportunities at Perth Airport the other day. It's a perfect place to get business."
Ms Kenworthy said a significant amount of trade came from workers commuting from mine sites to the Eastern States or New Zealand who were in transit at the airport for five to six hours.
And large numbers of sex workers were flying in from the Eastern States for several weeks on rotation, similar to FIFO workers.
"Typically they are older ladies between 35 and 55 to cater for the wider spread of ages of FIFO workers," she said.
A House of Representative inquiry last year was told the FIFO life- style can change the sexual behaviour of workers and increase sexual diseases. Australian Medical Association WA president Dave Mountain warned last year that North West communities had the highest rates of sexually transmitted infections in the State.
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