Do Prostitutes Like Their Job?

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It's a serious question. Not talking about young girls or teens forced into the trade by pimps, but talking about adult women. Over the years, stories have come out about how some women were call girls or sold their bodies for awhile to make money for college and now are professionals in the world. Others, seem to stay when if they really wanted to escape, they would, yet they don't. Despite what you think, it does pay well. Sure, in most cases the pimp gets most of the money but the woman does keep some of it.

Most probably think that none of these women actually like their job. Is this job that different? if you hate your job, you hate it. This job just happens to involve sex, which in this society has a large amount of taboo. It is possible that some women simply do like it for the money and they love sex, so even if they have the opportunity to escape, they don't. I am sure they are in the minority, but this could be true in third world countries where there are few jobs they are able to do. Of course, this line of thought would also apply to male prostitutes.

As we know, in some societies it is legal and not a big deal for a person to sell their body for money. They think little of it, there is no love, no affection, no connection to the activity to the other person and they probably do look forward to when it does mean something. They do their job, get paid. It is all very matter-of-fact. It seems that in societies like ours, where we make it a crime, the situation is made worse because of we impose our morals on those who cannot find another way to make the income that sex provides to them. Maybe, it was their last ditch effort to survive, there WAS no other choice.

It is akin to a person who earns $50 hr., loses his job, after getting unemployment for two years, then, consumes his savings to survive-just hoping a job will come, yet doesn't, and finally, as a last resort does prostitution to make money. I am sure prostitutes have some interesting stories of why they do what they do.

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UnnamedHarald 4 years ago from Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Very thought-provoking and a perfectly valid question. Hope you get better responses than mine.


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one2get2no 4 years ago from Olney

Interesting hub and thought provoking too. I actually had a good friend who was a call girl and on occasion I used to go to the hotel bar (Hotel Plaza New York) to watch her at work. She always said that she blocked out everything when she was working and just thought of her children and what she would buy them.


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perrya 4 years ago Author

Interesting! I would suspect this.


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Mohammed Khalil 4 years ago from Damanhour - Egypt

I think it is out of humanity to sell body for money. but sometimes there is no solution except to sell the last thing that somebody have, the body. of course we all know that it is forbidden socially and religiously, but poverty has no religion. and if a women do that because she love sex, then she sell her body to devil. its a different matter.


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perrya 4 years ago Author

well, selling your body for love of sex is a choice and addiction, like speed. It is a sickness. More religious people would say satanic etc. But, some do it purely for economic reasons.


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Mohammed Khalil 4 years ago from Damanhour - Egypt

I said "she sell her body to devil" because everybody including prostitutes themselves know that it is not allowed and who doing that will go to hell, in all religions. There is an Arabic proverb says, free woman do not eat selling her breasts.

but prostitutes are slaves for their bodies


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perrya 4 years ago Author

Did you know prostitution is legal and expected in Venezuela?-just saying. The arabic proverb is correct.


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Mohammed Khalil 4 years ago from Damanhour - Egypt

I know. by the way prostitution was legal and expected in Egypt and subject to government censorship till forties.


Bobby Ann 3 years ago

Lets compare a prostitute selling sexual services with a business woman giving haircuts.

The money negotiations part is similar. The customer will seek the lowest price; the seller the highest.

The remuneration for the seller is higher for the prostitute. For a haircut $10 to $20. For thirty minutes of sex $100 and sometimes as high as thousands.

The risks are higher for the prostitute (disease, law, crazies). These also differ according to the kind of prostitute. Streetwalkers have the highest risk. High priced call girls the lowest. Risk is a big negative for the prostitute. It is interesting that though this can be decreased greatly by legalization and regulation, many societies refuse to take these steps to protect those in this profession.

There are two important differences.

1. Society does not accept prostitution. The prostitute must worry about discovery by friends and family even in places like Nevada where it is legal. This does not hold for haircutters who freely tell Mom and Dad about their job. This is the biggest incentive for a woman not to do this work.

2. Most customers have an interest in pleasing the prostitute. Men generally derive pleasure from pleasing their sex partners. This has a biological basis since procreation is more likely if both male and female are fully aroused. So if the pro likes a certain position, customers will comply. If the prostitute wants to have an orgasm, the customer tries to help. For the haircut, only the customer's desires and wants are heeded, not the cutter's wants and needs. This is much less important for the high volume street walker who does 25 tricks per day than for the high priced call girl who may only do a few per week. The street walker is so tired (and sore) after the first few hours of work that she just wants the day to be finished. The call girl, if her customers are gentle and considerate, can derive great pleasure from her relationships.

Few women would enter this profession without the money incentive. For a woman, it is quite easy to get free casual sex with men of her choice. However, this does not mean that women who choose the profession do not enjoy their work. It depends on the work environment and on the customers as well as on the prostitute's attitude.


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perrya 3 years ago Author

Thanks Bobby Ann for the insight.


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one2get2no 3 years ago from Olney

I agree with Bobby Ann as this is exactly what my friend did. She was a call girl in New York and her clients picked her up in the Plaza Hotel. She only did 3 or 4 tricks a week but they were well paid tricks often $1000 a time and she had a regular clientèle so it wasn't dangerous. She often confided in me that she loved some of her clients (not in love) and enjoyed her relationship with them. So I guess in the end she was simply a woman who had several relationships from which she earned a nice salary. As my friend I never considered her a prostitute or a call girl as such, she was always, and still is a very close and good friend.


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perrya 3 years ago Author

I can see it happening.


anonymous 18 months ago

An acquaintance of mine owns a pastry shop in a major city in which he employees several college girls. Much to his surprise he found out that many of them pay their college tuition when the Baptist convention comes to town. He says they go out the door with a smile on their face every night for a week.


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perrya 18 months ago Author

No doubt. I suspect many high end call girls use this money to further their education or investments, at least the smart ones do.

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