An Auckland primary school teacher is moonlighting as a prostitute, throwing her school bosses into a quandary over her future.
The woman, a mother of two children in her 30s, is new to teaching and moonlights as a prostitute to boost her income...
It is understood the principal is now in a dilemma - prostitution is legal, but he is worried about the reaction of other parents and students if they find out about the teacher - and has referred the matter to the school's board of trustees.
The teacher has apparently defended her situation to her principal, saying that what she did in her own time was of no concern to him, that it was a private matter, and that prostitution was now lawful and legitimate work. She told him her moonlighting job was not affecting her performance as a teacher.
I agree with the teacher. If her activities are legal, they're no one's business but hers.
Prostitutes Collective national co-ordinator Catherine Healy said she knew of several teachers who worked in second jobs as prostitutes and they had every right to do so.
"There is no incompatibility between a woman who's a teacher and who works as a sex worker," she said. "I can't imagine what the problem would be."
Now that statement's just plain stupid. It's clear what the problem could be. What matters, though, is what the problem is. And apparently she's a good teacher and teaches elementary school, so any potential issues seem small (if she were a high school teacher, I could see inappropriate commentary if her second job were to become known).
The story points out that a police officer was allowed to keep her second job as a prostitute.