There are approximately 72,800 sex workers in the UK. 88% of which are women, and of those an estimated 70% have previously worked within healthcare, education or the voluntary sector. But why are so many choosing to either leave this line of work to become a sex worker or to work within the sex industry as well as? One sex worker shares her story.
” I was going through a divorce and it was very messy. I was working as a nurse at the time but had a dispute and decided to leave for a time. My ex-husband decided he wasn’t going to pay CSA, I had a mortgage and children to support. I didn’t know what to do. My confidence had taken a hit and I didn’t feel ready at the time to go back into nursing after the divorce. There was a massage parlour five minuets from my house and I just phoned and asked if they were looking for anyone to work. I thought if I can do it, I’ll do it and if I cant then I cant, and then I just ended up thinking why have I not been doing this for years. There was no stress, there was no judgement from the other girls, it was like a family.”
” A friend of mine said he was worried about me being in this line of work. As a nurse I have to see people I don’t want to, I have no choice, I have a duty of care, I would have to see people that were rude to me, I had to see sex offenders, I had to look after these people regardless of how I felt. There were certain things I didn’t like doing as a nurse but I had to do them. In this industry I have a choice, if I don’t want to see a person then I don’t see them, I don’t have to do anything I don’t want to. I have complete control.”
” I decided to leave nursing completely this February due to illness, working as a nurse full time was to much. I still have my registration in case I do decide to go back in to nursing again but it makes it hard to be open about this line of work, I think I would loose my registration. That makes me sad, I was a good nurse and my sex work shouldn’t have anything to do with my nursing, they are separate. “
If you are an escort or sex worker and have a story to share then pleas contact Kate.