So my 21-year-old, ex-model flatmate is thinking she might work as a stripper. She's going to the most exclusive place in town I think to chat about it and so far the conditions and wages seem pretty good.
She asked me for advice. I tried telling her some of my struggles with sex work - sometimes it hurts "just to be a body" and not a full person to these men. Sometimes it's tempting to do more than you plan on doing just for the money! And that it's hard to figure out if going forward you'll want to tell people about this part of your life and you may be creating a skeleton in your own closet to last a lifetime.
She wants to do it for university fees - the usual story. Just "one shift" a week and she's fine. She wouldn't tell anyone and would get some other McJob as a cover too. This is her plan. I tried to tell her that the money can become addictive and she may want to do more than one shift and get sucked in that way!
I have my doubts. I think she's young, not mature enough to cope and without a full understanding of sexuality. She's slept with two guys and is pretty messed up about dating and sex and the like and has also had close calls with too many drugs in the past I gather. These are warning signs to me.
But I don't really know enough to advise her...so...over to you readers? What should I tell her?