What is your experience of escorting, first or second-hand?
August 23, 2012 8:04 PM Subscribe
A close friend thinks she might try working as an escort, and I'm worried that my reaction to this is based on limited and biased information. Do you have first or second-hand experience of this?
posted by anonymous to human relations (10 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
I don't want this question to be about how I should advise her (she has asked for my take on it, just to prevent the "butt out" comments!), because I'm trying to balance my own take on it before I discuss it with her.
The context is that she is from a middle-class background but is giving up a high-stress job to try and start her own company in her chosen field. In the meantime, she needs to keep afloat, and is considering working as an escort for a while.
All I have to base my own views on are two very distant perspectives - on the one hand, the glamorous Belle De Jour-style image we get from the TV, on the other hand, the women I met at the homeless shelter I used to work at, who came to homelessness through drugs and to drugs through prostitution.
I've asked this anonymously because I have mefite friends and don't want my friend to be identified by them. However I set up a sock account to collect replies (couldn't ask the question with it due to the time-delay) here: http://www.metafilter.com/user/162057 for people who might want not want to reply in the public thread. Sincere thanks to anyone willing to share whatever their experiences may be.