A woman who mysteriously disappeared for nearly a week after leaving a wedding and appearing at a brothel 1000 km away, explained what happened to her – and revealed her darkest secret in the process.
Kimberley Summer Hartley, 20, was reported missing after attending a friend's wedding on August 31 at the Mantra Legends Hotel at Surfers Paradise in Queensland.
Friends feared the worst when she was not seen or heard for more than seven days, until she was found in the brothel & # 39; Desires & # 39; at Unanderra in New South Wales.
Mrs. Hartley opened to Daily Mail Australia about her mysterious disappearance, her secret life as a sex worker – and why she loves her job.
& # 39; I lost my phone at the wedding, but I had to board a plane right away because I had to go to work & # 39 ;, Mrs. Hartley said.
Kimberley Summer Hartley, 20, was reported missing after attending a friend's wedding on August 31 at the Mantra Legends Hotel at Surfers Paradise in Queensland
& # 39; The phone was delivered to the hotel reception a few days later, so they posted it to me. I went to buy a new one, but it didn't make sense when I realized that I would get mine back. & # 39;
When Miss Hartley got her phone back, she discovered that she was a missing person – and knew she would have to clean up where she had been.
& # 39; I am not ashamed to tell people that I am a sex worker, & # 39; said the 20 year old. & # 39; But I'm quite a private person and letting the whole world in on my biggest secret scares me. & # 39;
Miss Hartley, from the Gold Coast, explained that she had worked in brothels since she was 18 – and started because she & # 39; no money and no nothing & # 39; had.
& # 39; A girl I knew went into a brothel, so I just went with her to see it … After my first payment, I knew there was no turning back, & # 39; she said.
& # 39; I love my job now. I love being able to do what I want when I want and have as much freedom as anyone can ask. & # 39;
A week later, Mrs. Hartley (photo) was found in the brothel & # 39; Desires & # 39; in Unanderra in New South Wales, where she is an employee. & # 39; I lost my phone at the wedding, but I had to board a plane right away because I had to go to work & # 39;
But the 20-year-old admitted that she was struggling with the & # 39; stigma & # 39; about sex work and the sacrifices she had to make.
& # 39; I constantly lie to everyone. I don't want to lie, but there will always be a stigma around sex work and I don't want to be changed to that, "she said.
& # 39; I didn't want that & # 39; & # 39; sex worker & # 39; & # 39; was what people see when they look at me.
& # 39; I let people discover and be rude behind my back – most of my good friends are really supportive and I feel so happy to have them, but sometimes people are rude, and you can see it is because they don't like what I do. & # 39;
Miss Hartley said she liked her profession because she makes & # 39; the rules & # 39; and its limits are never exceeded.
& # 39; The majority of men I saw at work had more respect for my limits than men I saw outside of work, & # 39; she said.
& # 39; I like to work anywhere in the country and in certain other countries if I wish. I like to have the money to go where I want, when I want and to do what I want.
The 20-year-old (photo) admitted that she was struggling with the & # 39; stigma & # 39; about sex work, claiming she had made many sacrifices, including lying to the people she loved for fear of judgment
& # 39; I went from no freedom in my customer service at a fast food chain to all freedom in the world. If someone is really rude to me, I can tell them to get dressed and get out.
& # 39; Telling a customer to leave was never something I could do when I was a teenager when I got $ 11 per hour when I worked at a fast food chain.
& # 39; In this industry it's not & # 39; & # 39; the customer is always right & # 39; & # 39 ;, it's about me and my safety, and most brothels and managers understand that. & # 39;
Miss Hartley said that sex is the easy part of her job.
& # 39; (The most difficult part) is making a connection and talking to someone you don't know or don't particularly like.
& # 39; Imagine the worst customer you've ever had, now imagine having sex with them and convincing them that you like them and want to hang out with them for an hour or more.
& # 39; That is difficult for me and after a while it costs my mental health. That's why I always take a break to work. & # 39;
& # 39; I went from no freedom in my customer service at a fast food chain to all freedom in the world & # 39 ;, said Mrs. Harley (photo)
But the sex worker said that through her work she has learned almost everything she needs to know about sex and safety.
& # 39; I think when everyone grows up the only thing we hear about sex workers are crime shows or people talking about how rude it is – no one is really trained right from the start. Including me, & she said.
& # 39; As a sex worker I learned more about sexual health, my body and men than I could have ever asked. Before I was a sex worker, I didn't understand sexual health at all.
Mrs. Hartley (photo) also shared her experience with a boyfriend a few years ago who was only interested in dating her so he could cheat on her
& # 39; I thought condoms were just to prevent babies and that STDs were really unlikely.
& # 39; But it's because everyone's too scared to talk about it – they talk about it as if being tested is something to be ashamed of if it's literally the safest thing you can do.
& # 39; I know so many girls who are afraid that their & # 39; & # 39; body count & # 39; & # 39; exceeds a certain number, and that's just so crazy for me – you can do what you want, as long as you don't hurt anyone but who cares.
& # 39; I think sex work is more than what you see. I was so scared to tell people. I didn't want them to see me as dirty, although I knew I wasn't, "she said, adding that some people request bookings for her tattoos.
& # 39; But how should I change someone's mind about sex work when it is in their brains to think it's dirty? & # 39;
& # 39; I know so many girls who are afraid that their & # 39; body count & # 39; exceeds a certain number, and that's just so crazy for me – you can do what you want as long as you don't hurt anyone but who cares
After a plea by the police to find Miss Harley last week, a tip-off led officers to the Desires brothel on Sunday.
She was then arrested on an outstanding order issued by the Downing Center Local Court.
Police say she did not appear in court to respond to allegations that she had stolen a safe with money and antique jewelry from a house in Sydney at the end of last year.
She and two other women were said to have befriended the two victims before they had access to their place of residence.
They are then accused of stealing clothes and a $ 7,800 safe with a diamond necklace and earrings.
She received bail but did not show up for her trial.
Misss Hartley said she had tried to change the court date, but did not know whether it was processed or not.
& # 39; It is my fault not to handle it properly. I should have followed it, & she said.
She will appear in court again on September 23.
On Tuesday it was reported that Mrs. Hartley (photo) had stolen the contents of a $ 7,800 safe and a diamond necklace and earrings. & # 39; I didn't steal anything, & # 39; she claimed. & # 39; I think I was founded … but sometimes people just see me as a tattooed sex worker
Miss Hartley claims she is innocent and believes she is the target because she is seen as & # 39; just a tattooed sex worker & # 39 ;.
& # 39; I turn to this tattooed devil girl of an innocent bystander, which is not the truth at all. I didn't ask for anything – I'm not the bad guy.
& # 39; I love my job, but I was exposed publicly – to everyone. This is not my goal forever, I just enjoy it now. I like to do what I want, when I want, although I could change my mind.
& # 39; I don't really know what I want to do in the future – I really want to travel, and I really like fashion, so maybe I have something to do with that. But for now I really love sex work.
& # 39; And if sex work by people is rude, is it because of the men I see? & # 39; she asked.
& # 39; Because the men I see are our brothers and fathers and boyfriends and husbands, so what does that really say about the men in our lives? & # 39;
& # 39; I don't really know what I want to do in the future – I really want to travel, and I really like fashion, so maybe I have something to do with that. & # 39; But for now I really like sex work & # 39 ;, said Mrs. Hartley (photo)
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