Sex work has always been looked down in the society we live in and it is widely believed that women in the trade are in it because they are at their wit's end. Singer Halsey's recent comments cemented that notion even further. A popular figure in the Women's March as well as an incredibly vocal women empowerment activist, she recently opened up about the time she considered sex work.
While being honored at a gala for youth homeless organization My Friend’s Place, she said in her speech, "When I was living in New York, I was a teenager. My friends were picking out decorations for their dorms, and I was debating on whether or not I should let a stranger inside me so I could pay for my next meal."
While the speech garnered applause, it is worth wondering if sex work is really just for the ones who have run out of options? MEA WorldWide (MEAWW) spoke to a legal brothel in Nevada and they begged to differ.
Dena, Madame at Sheri's Ranch, said, "I absolutely believe that sex work is a 100% viable career choice. I have met hundreds of women in the course of my 15 years as a madam at a legal brothel. I can tell you that the vast majority of women that come to work for me are not desperate or down-and-out. They are women that choose to work at a brothel because they enjoy intimacy with people and have empathy for other human beings."
The other perk that the job offers is flexibility and the freedom to ask for the rates they want, thus attracting them to pick it as a career option. "They also want to work at a lucrative job where they can make their own schedules and set their own rates. Many of the women that work for me have been licensed prostitutes for over five years. These women are in control of their own lives and are making a better future for themselves and their loved ones, in the face of a society that often stigmatizes and scorns them. I’m proud to work alongside them and support them."