Prostitution. Webster’s defines it as the practice or occupation of engaging in sexual activity with someone for payment. Rudyard Kipling called it the world’s oldest profession. Countless rappers have seen it as a way to increase their station in life. But for thousands of women and men across this country, and most millions of people across the globe, it’s a way of life.
People come to the working life in a myriad of ways. There are the horror stories about young girls being kidnapped from their homeland and shipped around the world to serve as a sex slave. On the other end of the spectrum there are those who enter the life with a clear head and clear goals. Then there are all of those in between.
As part of a recurring series we’ll be publishing a series of interviews with Vivian, a former sex worker from the American Northeast. In this first conversation we talked about how she got started as an escort, run ins with the law, and her first trick.
Triv: How did you get started as an escort?
Vivian: I was 19 and working at a gas station, a friend of mine was involved in a local agency and asked if I wanted some more money and more freedom. I put in my two weeks and didn’t even think about it. She said she was a massage “therapist in training” and I talked to her repeatedly about the legalities of the practice. Later that week I met with the woman who ran the business and we discussed things more in depth.
Naturally I didn’t really know too much of what I was getting into, the sex industry and very specifically the escort industry tends to be very discreet about what happens behind clothes doors. It’s funny, if you film it and get paid for it it’s porn and totally legal, but with out the camera? Illegal. And dangerous.
Triv: How old were you when you started?
Vivian: I was 19.
Triv: You weren’t scared?
Vivian: Haha, I was a little bit. I was at a really weird point in my life where I was trying to escape an abusive relationship, I knew if I joined the lifestyle he would never speak to me again, and I would be able to maintain financial security.
Come back next week for Vol.2 when Vivian tells us just how weird people can be. If you have any questions for Vivian shoot an email to firstname.lastname@example.org