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I’ve been seeing a working girl I really like, and I think she likes me too, at least enough that she felt comfortable scheduling a day-long sightseeing trip with me in a few weeks. But I have my suspicions that she may not be doing this work out of her free will (i.e., she may be trafficked or otherwise forced into this). She works from 10 am until midnight 6 days a week, and is certainly not keeping the entire donation; she has both a boss and an operator who takes the appointments. She’s Asian and speaks virtually no English, and has been working only for a few weeks. She has very few possessions and sleeps in the same apartment where she works, and another girl works from a second bedroom while the operator works in the living room. I’d really like to help this girl because I think she’s too sweet to be in whatever situation she’s in. Could you give me some advice on how to approach the subject and how I could help her?
In “A False Dichotomy”, I pointed out that only the Paris Hiltons of the world freely choose to work; the rest of us have to do something, and our choices are limited by our abilities, temperament and opportunities. If any of those factors are unusually narrow, choices can be very constrained indeed; furthermore, a person may elect to temporarily perform a job he would not otherwise choose because it opens a door to greater opportunities later. This last is especially true for immigrants from poor countries; lack of education, language barriers and the high cost of migration present formidable obstacles to employment, so upon first arriving in a country a person might indeed take a job he doesn’t really care to do as a stepping-stone toward something better. For men, that’s often agricultural or other manual labor; for women it’s often domestic or sex work.
Could your lady friend have been coerced in some way? Anything’s possible, but nothing you’ve written points to that. You seem to think her hours are long, but I worked the same number per week and so do lots of people in sales jobs. You say she isn’t keeping her entire fee, but I’m sure you expect the operator to be paid and her employer to make a profit; I daresay you don’t keep all the money that passes through your hands at work, either, but that doesn’t mean you’re “trafficked”. And you say she has few possessions, but since she speaks virtually no English and has only been working a few weeks, it’s likely she hasn’t been in the country much longer than that, and would therefore have only those things she could afford to transport…which probably wasn’t much.
She may have incurred a debt to migrate; she may even be paying a rate of interest you or I would consider usurious, or be subject to other unpleasant conditions…but I could say the same thing about medical interns. None of that means she did not choose her situation as the best available one, nor that she regrets her choice. As I pointed out in “Thought Experiment” (which I strongly urge you to read), you have to give her the same respect as you would give anyone else; if you wouldn’t interfere in the affairs of a waitress, clerk or barber, you shouldn’t do it to a whore, either. You’ve scheduled a day-long trip with her, and since you like her you’ll undoubtedly continue to visit her after that; if she is genuinely in trouble and sincerely wants your help, she will eventually find a way to ask you for it. But if she doesn’t, you have to allow her the dignity of her own choice, even if you don’t like that choice.
I met an escort for the first time about 10 months ago and saw her again 3 months ago, and in the meantime she and I have exchanged emails; besides scheduling visits we also discuss personal things, and I find myself attracted to her (not just physically). I’m aware that from her perspective being polite and friendly (and sounding interested in her clients’ activities and interests) is good for business, but is there any way to tell the difference?
For women there’s a third possibility between “just being nice because it’s her job” and “sexually interested”: it’s “genuine like”. Men tend to be (not always, but usually) dualistic about women; either they’re attracted or they aren’t. But women often like men as people without feeling a sexual attraction, hence the dreaded “friend zone” men complain about. There were a lot of my clients I enjoyed talking to and socializing with, even though I would never have had sex with them had money not been involved. It’s really impossible for me to tell from a distance which group your escort belongs to, but while you’re trying to figure it out it’s important for you to remember that her affection could be sincere without being romantic.
What are your views on group sex when it is all male and you are the only female? I’m not sure how to handle the situation or what the best way to go about it would be.
My feelings about group sex where I’m the only woman are a lot like my feelings about being whipped: I’m really excited about it beforehand and get very turned on thinking about it after it’s over, but while it’s going on I’m mostly concentrating on getting through it. I know that may seem paradoxical, but sex is strange that way; sometimes the fantasy is a lot better than the reality. So don’t be disappointed if it falls short of your expectations; it’s still an amazing experience and fun to talk about later. When it’s one guy and multiple women things are a lot easier, because most women don’t mind a little kissing and touching or rubbing against other women even if they’re not really bisexual; they get caught up in the moment so (as the expression goes) “it’s all good”. But when it’s one woman dealing with a group of men she’ll be the focus of the whole thing, and while that’s exciting and exhilirating it’s also exhausting! Obviously that’s much less so if some of the guys involved are bisexual, but that’s really a different situation so for purposes of simplicity let’s just assume these are all strictly hetero guys we’re talking about.
Experience has taught me that even two at the same time is a handful, and three is about the practical maximum a skilled girl can work on at once. Yes, four is theoretically possible because you’ve got two hands, but you’d be surprised how much more difficult it is than three unless you have no gag reflex at all and the guys don’t mind pressing awfully close to one another. If you’re dealing with more than three guys it’s probably best to do it “train” or gang-bang style, with men taking turns rather than coming at you simultaneously from all directions. In a situation like that the action should occupy the center of the area, so the others can watch from the sidelines.
However, if you’re actually going to interact with more than one man simultaneously (i.e. true group sex rather than a “train”) it is absolutely imperative that you can trust at least one of them to protect your safety; it’s very easy for the one entering you vaginally or anally to slip off the condom while your attention is elsewhere, but if one of the men really cares about you he will also be watching to make sure that doesn’t happen. Men can be incredibly foolish when it comes to condoms; roughly a third of them will happily enter a whore or other promiscuous woman without any protection whatsoever, and since the most serious common disease today (HIV) is much more easily transmitted from man to woman than vice-versa, you have a lot more to lose than a would-be condom sneaker does. Even if you’re taking them on only one at a time, I would still advise you to have at least one out of four you can totally trust; even nice, normal guys can get caught up in the heat of the moment and turn into a pack, and you need to have a couple there who can be counted on to keep their heads just in case some of the others get carried away.
One Year Ago Today
An essay demonstrating that the “sex trafficking” hysteria is “Rooted in Racism”.