This is the story of exploitation on the high street.
A year ago, I took the liberty of writing a piece about the high school student exploit economy that was published in the popular news magazine The Sydney Morning Herald.
In the piece, I discussed how the high schools exploitation economy is dominated by those students who have the best access to financial resources and opportunities.
The article also featured a number of well-known and highly regarded young people who have been targeted for exploitation on a global scale by the exploitation economy.
I wanted to highlight how the exploitation of black students in Sydney is largely overlooked by mainstream media outlets, and why this is problematic.
Over the course of the year, I spoke to numerous high school students from Sydney, Melbourne and Queensland, and they all told me they had experienced an exploitable exploit at one of their schools.
The most prominent young students who had experienced this type of exploitation were Eddie, a 19-year-old Sydney high school graduate, and his friend, Charise, who is in her late 20s.
Eddie told me that he was recently approached by a recruiter who offered to help him with a job offer at a recruitment agency.
“He asked me if I’d like to work with a recrucer, and I said sure,” Eddie said.
He added that after he completed his degree and applied to university, he was contacted by the recruiter again and again.
He told me he would like to pursue the opportunity at his school, but when he went to the recruitment agency to apply for the position, they told him he would be rejected.
Eddy was not alone in being rejected by the recruitment agent.
A number of other young people I spoke with told me their experience was similar.
“They’d ask if I had a website, a Facebook page, and that kind of thing,” said 16-year old Jai, who did not want to give his surname.
It was a difficult time for him and his friends at the school, as he had to change the name on his Facebook page to “Dawn.”
“They told me if you don’t take that step, they’d say you’re just wasting their time,” he said.
“And that’s the end of it.
It was pretty much like that for us.”
But not all young people are as fortunate as Eddie and Charise.
An unnamed 19- year-old student told me his recruiter sent him a text message in March.
This text message said: “We’re looking for you and we want you to work as a consultant for a Sydney-based recruitment agency.”
The recruiter offered to meet Eddie and his fellow students at a Sydney hotel, where he was offered a $2,000 salary for six weeks work experience, plus a free meal and alcohol.
The young man said that he accepted the offer, and on the morning of the six-week time-off, he found himself working at the recruitment centre.
However, as soon as he left the hotel, the recruiser texted back, telling him that he would have to repay the money immediately.
“It’s the same recruiter.
He said, ‘Oh, you’ll have to pay us immediately’,” the student said.
“So he said, I can’t pay you.”
Eddies experience of exploitation at the recruiting agency has also been documented by the media.
In November, The Sydney Daily Telegraph ran a piece that detailed how Eddie’s exploitation was being exploited by an online recruiter at the time.
In the article, the young man described the recrucer who approached him and told him that if he agreed to work for him, he would receive a $200 commission for each hour worked, plus two free meals per week.
Despite his experience being reported widely in the media, Eddie has not been compensated by the recruiter for the work he has done.
The recruiser’s conduct has led to the school being called out by The Sydney Times for its poor handling of the matter.
While I understand that a recruitor is the primary focus of the exploitation industry, I cannot help but feel that there is more to the exploitation that goes on in recruitment than meets the eye, and therefore I believe it is incumbent on the school to ensure that the young people it has been tasked with supporting receive the support they need to recover from this traumatic experience.
The exploitation of young people in SydneyA young person’s experience of being exploited is often under-reported.
For example, the Sydney Morning Post reported on the exploitation at Victoria University, which has been referred to by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) as the “most exploitable exploitation school in the country”.
The ABC reported that the recruitor was approached by several students who said that they had been asked to perform a task on a job site and then told to pay $100 per