Harlotry: The First Time Someone Paid Me For Sex

The nameless man instructed me to go to the fourth floor and buzzed me in. The elevator ride up to his floor seemed to take years and I realized I didn’t know which way to turn when I got off the elevator or whether the door would be open. How would I know which door to knock on? What if I knocked on the wrong door? Suddenly my tendency to imagine worst-case scenarios went into overdrive, and by the time I reached the third floor I was certain that I would knock on the wrong door, that a man would answer it, and that I would accidentally have sex (for free!) with one of my actual client’s neighbors. I had decided without a doubt that this was not a good job for me and that I would just cut and run if I didn’t see anyone when I got out of the elevator.

Of course all my fears were unfounded. When I stepped out of the elevator, my first client, this nameless man, was poking his head out of one of the doors that lined the hallway. I came to the door and he led me inside.

It was a cluttered studio apartment with grey wall-to-wall carpeting, a sad-looking beige couch along one wall, and an unmade bed in a corner. There was also a desk with a computer and piles and piles of papers. The computer was softly playing some pop-punk band that was nothing I would ever listen to, and I couldn’t help but wonder whether he had chosen the music to make me feel comfortable. There was a kitchen area that was separated by a half wall from the rest of the room, and its perfect neatness managed to make the rest of the room look more cluttered.

When the nameless man finally closed the door, the first two things I noticed were 1) his absurdly large, round eyes and 2) that he came up to my shoulder. I’d been taller than most of my peers for my entire life and taller than most adults since I was about thirteen, but this was just ridiculous. With the realization that my first client was practically a munchkin, all my nervousness vanished. I suddenly felt very silly for being so frightened. What could possibly go wrong with someone so frankly adorable?

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    • Beth

      Please, please stop already.

      • MM

        Seriously? I think this series is interesting and pretty well written. I’m looking forward to reading the rest.

      • Goldie

        Just stop reading. Go away. I’m fascinated.

      • anya

        yea i actually found this to be really interesting and lot different than what most people think goes on. its very humanizing, i like how she described her intense nervousness

      • Alexis H

        No kidding, this is one of the best, most intriguing series on here. If you don’t like it, don’t read it.

      • Anne

        Please, please shut up already.
        I am loving this.

    • Amy

      I am super digging this series. I recently encountered a prostitute (my bf’s grandpa was just finishing up when we stopped by to visit. Pro-tip: call first from now on). He actually made her dinner afterwards and we all just chatted casually, she was a model and had sex a couple times a month with the same (4) men for extra cash. It didn’t sound like she considered herself a whore… it was merely something she did… on the side.

    • Noora

      I LOVE your series :) It is really very interesting. Looking forward to next week’s instalment!

    • Jon

      can’t wait for the inevitable anal request! :)

      • Cate

        Those are so boring that they don’t really warrant a full article. Since I was independent, I could set my own prices. I charged an extra two hundred dollars for anal and it was so much more that no-one ever took me up on it. I got a lot of ‘HOW much? Never mind.’ emails.
        It was sort of a shame, because $500 is a lot of money, but also not a shame because anal is really intimate and I wasn’t too enthused about sharing that with a client, hence the high price tag.

      • Jon

        where do your clients spray their solution? i’m sure you get a ton of guys wanting to go all over your face and your mouth. do you usually charge extra because that seems almost as intimate as anal if you ask me..

        fyi, i so would have shelled out an extra 200. you seem legit like that.

    • sfs

      The only thing more disgraceful than paying someone for sex is accepting payment for sex. And you’re not even intelligent enough to be ashamed of yourself. Nice.

      • Lo

        That’s the most disgraceful thing? I can think of enough worse things to fill a ballad.

      • Jennifer Wright

        What about accepting payment for, say, killing anything? I suppose there are scales. I mean, I would certainly kill a cockroach for almost no money. $3? I’d say that’s my price. Everything else I’d have to haggle over.

        But that’s for individual cockroaches, I wouldn’t kill say, a Fear Factor style infestation for $3.

      • Cate

        I would say that imposing one’s own morals upon someone else is more disgraceful than accepting money for anything, including sex or violence.

        Also, Jennifer, I think you’re selling yourself short. Cockroaches can be really hard to kill sometimes. I think $5 per cockroach is a better rate.

      • Natalie

        I’ve just realized that all those years of killing spiders for my roommates, I could’ve made some serious cash. Damn it! And I say $5 per killing unpleasant things should be the standard rate.

      • AM

        @ sfs

        But why is it disgraceful or something to be ashamed of?

      • PaulMurrayCbr

        Isn’t that a Monty Python quote? Oh wait – I think it was Oscar Wilde. Same diff.

    • Scarlett

      I love this series. It’s really interesting and of course, enlightening. If you’re against the sex work industry, you should look the other way. There’s too much happening in the world to focus on something that bothers you. Move along.

      • Cam Cox

        Well said and so great to see a well written non sensationalised account of sex work as being exactly what it is – sex work

    • Sugar

      That sounds so horrifying. Absolutely horrifying.

      I want more.

    • IJ

      Incredible article! I really hope you found your own Richard Gere. hehe :)

      • Cate

        God no, Richard Gere was a huge asshole in that movie. I found someone better.

      • Jennifer Wright


        We’re going to continue using Pretty Woman imagery because everyone recognizes it, and it is the universally understood cave symbol for “friendly prostitute” but read the original script, because it gets weird.

        Here: http://www.awesomefilm.com/script/Pretty-Woman-($3,000).pdf

        Of course you can do better than the Richard Gere character. He was originally intended to be a sociopath.

      • Cate

        I have read it. I have read it and wished that it was used in the actual movie. Although I think it’s pretty unrealistic that Vivian would reject all that money, I hate the Captain Save-a-Ho formula and I think that in the existing version they kept too much of the Richard Gere character’s original sociopathy while still trying to present him as warm and cuddly.

      • Jen

        Captian Save-a-Ho! Priceless.

    • Sam

      I could feel the awkwardness as I read this. Love it.

    • Byron

      Awesome, if not perfect literature:
      “The fact that I was now officially a whore didn’t really sink in until I was unlocking my bike. It was a lot like losing my virginity, or turning eighteen, in that I didn’t feel any different. I was just acutely aware that I was suddenly somehow different. It had been so easy, so unscary, so very much not like anything I had been led to believe about prostitution.

      I couldn’t help but wonder why everyone wasn’t a whore.”

    • CP911

      Firstly, I am really enjoying this series.

      I’m wondering if you’ve read Eleven Minutes by Paulo Coelho and if so, how you feel about Maria’s story in relation to your own life?

      Thank you for sharing.

    • Mandy

      A brilliant writer with what could be an endless supply of fascinating articles. Thanks for sharing!

    • Eddie

      Ever seen American Psycho? The talk of Genesis would have unnerved me…

    • t

      Some guy out there is a lucky guy :)

    • t

      Some guy out there is a lucky guy :)