Cate is something of a renaissance sex worker and has held numerous interesting jobs in the adult industry. Each week, she shares her stories in Harlotry.
Everyone knows that a well-balanced market has a variety of levels of service and an equal variety of price points. The best analogy is restaurants: if you want to go out to eat in a major city, you’ll have a range of options. They will go from the cheap, family-owned hole-in-the-wall with the most amazing food you’ve ever tasted (and service to match) to the expensive steakhouse with a dress code and waitstaff who are so attentive you feel as if you’ve been transported to Downton Abbey. Somewhere along this continuum are also the cheap hole-in-the-wall places with awful food and worse service, as well as the expensive restaurants that still make you feel as if you’ve been transported to Downton Abbey, but more in the context of making you feel like you’re the chauffeur who married the youngest daughter. The same holds true for sex workers.
While I can’t speak to the experience of small town sex workers (though I’m sure they exist), I CAN speak to my experience as a mid- to high-range indoor whore in Chicago. I’m not going to share the exact dollar amount that it takes to get under my skirt, but I will say that it’s more than most girls charge, but less than plenty of other girls require. My rate allows me to work relatively infrequently while maintaining a fairly decent standard of living. This frees up a lot of time for volunteer work, self care, and the pursuit of various hobbies and interests, such as sewing, napping, and binge-watching shows on Netflix.
I’ve found that in general, higher-end work suits me best, but sometimes I just need a change and I’m not against taking a one week paycation for higher volume, lower rate work in other cities. I can come back with a few thousand dollars and go back to my usual routine of seeing clients infrequently and selectively. It doesn’t matter what I’m charging, though–I give all my clients the exact same level of service because I firmly believe that when it comes to both tacos and sex workers, more expensive is not always the same as better.