Harlotry: My Fetish House Was Raided And I Got Arrested

sex worker story: my fetish house was raided and i got arrested!

Cate is something of a renaissance sex worker; she’s currently employed as a pro-domme at a fetish house but has held numerous interesting jobs in the adult industry. Each week, she shares her stories in Harlotry.

During my almost five-year career as a sex worker, I have experienced work-related fear exactly twice. The first time was at the very beginning of my adventures in the sex industry, when Grant, the gentleman I got my revenge on last week, outed me to my mother.

The second time was two weeks ago when I got arrested.

That’s right, folks, after almost five years of whoring in various legal grey–and even black–areas, it finally happened. Frankly, I’m shocked this was my first arrest. I’ve done significantly more illegal jobs with significantly less protection and screening… and I’ve always been fine. I guess Murphy’s law really has something going for it. If something can go wrong it most certainly will.

The day started like any other; I got to work early, brushed out my pin curls, socialized with the other girls, and was generally having a blast. The day was neither slow nor particularly busy, and everyone seemed to be in good humor. The house slave, Leif, came by and did most of our chores for us. His presence and labor always cheer us up.

Everyone left that evening, leaving myself and another girl, a submissive named “Stephanie.” We both had clients arriving within a half hour of each other, mine was established and hers was new. As I waited for my client to call and ask if it was clear to come up, I met Stephanie’s guy at the door. He was a husky Polish man in his mid-thirties with a thick accent and scruffy hair. He was better-looking than most of our clients, and seemed nervous. Nervousness isn’t uncommon, though. A lot of the younger men who come to see us haven’t experimented with fetish activities very much and have never paid for sexual services. If we were to write off every client who seemed nervous, we’d probably never even break even. Stephanie poured him a shot, which he gulped down gratefully, and led him downstairs.

With fifteen minutes until my client was set to arrive, I went outside to smoke and rub my feet in the dirt so the gentleman would have something to clean off. I was halfway done with my cigarette when Stephanie came outside.

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    • msenesac

      I agree that being arrested for something happening between two consensual adults is ridiculous (and very 1900s). That’s the United States for ya.

    • AStewart

      My response to being told I was “present in a house of ill fame” would have been “so are you!”….

    • Anon

      I’m sorry this happened to you, but if you have pending charges against you, I hope you’ll consider holding off on writing more until things are settled. Or at least consult a defense lawyer who has experience with civil rights issues.

    • You’re trapped

      Come on.

      This is a hazard of your profession. Suck it up like a big girl. Some people, myself included, don’t like your job and are happy to see you and your johns arrested. You’re the dominant party? You whine too much. Handle your business with some dignity.

      Smells like a setup, anyway. Probably someone in your “profession,” doesn’t appreciate your “revenge.” There are other sharks in the sea.

      • meteor_echo

        Oh dear, I think it’s you doing all the whining here. Misogynistic as fuck, aren’t we?

      • http://twitter.com/Jenny_Trout Jenny Trout

        “I don’t like what you do with other consenting adults, and my obsessive need to control the lives of others without outdated and outlandish laws against their behavior makes me feel all big and powerful and tiny and weak at the same time! I got the most confusing boner reading this article!”

        That’s what you sound like.

      • http://twitter.com/tieduptwisted Tami Scott

        (sings) It’s time for misogyny! It’s You’re Trapped.

        (You’re the Jenny Trout who has the awesome blog with the “50 Shades” recaps aren’t you?)

      • jon

        Lol I have heard of Fear Boners but never a Confusing Boner, makes sense though. it’s a great line that I may have to steal;) And completely agree, what two consenting adults decide to do behind closed doors is their business.

    • Dan


      Ah, always leave them wanting more! Can’t wait to hear more of this experience with the law. I’m surprised this was your first run-in given that you’ve been in the industry for 5 years now. What a terrific track record. Too bad our society still seeks to waste precious time and resources on victimless, consensual activities.