Mattress Actress & Eve: Memoirs of an International Sex Worker
Welcome to the official website for Annika Cleeve and her book “Mattress Actress”. In South East Asia Mattress Actress is called Eve: Memoirs of an International Sex Worker.
Mattress Actress is the story of Annika Cleeve’s eighteen years as a sex worker. Her troubled childhood in Queensland led to working in a brothel on the Sunshine Coast at the age of fifteen, and from there Annika worked her way up to the high-end parlours, agencies and private work in various parts of Australia and internationally. In this book Annika reveals the truth of a sex worker’s life; the clients, the girls, the parlour bosses, the rip-off merchants, the drug deaths, the white slavery, the discrimination, the corrupt police and politicians, the exotic travel and the money. Mattress Actress is a revealing and gutsy look at someone practising the world’s oldest profession in the late twentieth century. From wide-eyed innocent to experienced and successful professional, Annika’s story is both shocking and highly entertaining.
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Review by Slacktarts.com
“Mattress Actress by Annika Cleeve recounts her eighteen years working in the Australian sex industry. Unlike other prostitute memoirs that focus primarily on the sex to boost book sales, Mattress Actress has a sad tale to tell. Cleeve was a busty tween living in a dysfunctional home in regional Queensland when she was molested and then raped. Without family support, Cleeve leaves home, under-aged and enters the world of sex to support herself.
“Surviving Kings Cross and the Fitzgerald Inquiry in the 1980′s, Cleeve is ‘street-smart’ enough to know to stay off drugs and save money. Her observations on sex, punters and the business behind the sex industry makes this a worthwhile read.
“Now in her forties and academically bright, Cleeve has a few telling observations about her former occupation. That is, advocates for children will always be required to protect and believe children when they recount episodes of molestation / rape; and to ensure that prostitution is never seen as a viable option for vulnerable kids.” ~ slacktarts.com
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