I have been watching the third series of Underbelly: The Golden Mile and so many people I know have said that there’s no way that the main character Kim could be accepted into the police force when her previous employment was as a prostitute. The Underbelly series is based on real life incidents, people and places. The third series is situated in the heart of Sydney’s Kings Cross area and sees cops, drug deals and night club owners all living out of each others pockets.
That got me thinking, the Underbelly series is based on real life incidents, people and places. The third series is situated in the heart of Sydney’s Kings Cross area and sees cops, drug deals and night club owners all living out of each others pockets. The uneasy alliance is tolerated on the understanding that no one gets killed and everyone gets paid. Things start to go down hill when two police women join the police team. One is raped by the cops and the other, Debbie Webb, turns whistle blower but then the gravy train flows all the way to the top of the New South Wales police force and she is ostracized.
In the series Webb befriends the prostitute Kim Hollingsworth and one scene has them sunbathing nude on a Sydney beach. The two become disgusted with the corruption and work to bring justice onto the Kings Cross police and assist with the Royal Commission into the NSW Police Force. Hollingsworth quits the game and enrolls into the police academy. Soon after passing the entry exam she is asked to help some officers open up their own brothel. This is where we are today, Hollingsworth goes undercover to get evidence on the bad cops.
Could this really happen? Well the answer is yes. Kim Michelle Hollingsworth (born 1966) was formerly a prostitute, student police officer and undercover agent. She was however, dismissed from the New South Wales Police Academy for failing to disclose her past life. Her ten year long legal battle for reinstatement was ultimately unsuccessful. Thanks to the publicity surrounding Underbelly she has appeared in Zoo Weekly magazine. Now 44, she still looks totally stunning in a bikini and would still command premium dollars for her services. She’s definitely come out on top after a tempestuous life in Sydney and now spends her time looking after horses on her farm.
To my question then, a prostitute cannot become a police officer – not in Australia anyway.