Prostitution and the Olympics
Caitlin Moran in The Times, writes a controversial article about prostitution today and especially about how brothels are being closed in East London. In her usual way, it is witty and controversial in equal measure, but it misses one big area about prostitution and the Olympics.
Years ago, I was changing planes in Boston, so as I had a few hours and only a small cabin bag, I decided to take a taxi to the City Centre and have a decent lunch.
I’m not sure how it happened, but I found myself sharing a taxi with a hooker looking for a punter. I declined her offer, as I wanted to be on the connecting flight. But she did say she’d have lunch with me to pass the time, as she had things to do later. I said she was on if we split the tab, expecting her to get lost, as although she was rather good looking, I was quite keen to put temptation well out of my way. She chose a not particularly expensive, but good Italian restaurant in a restored area by the waterfront.
We had a good meal and she did pay her part of the bill. Even the tip! She also showed me how to get the ferry to the Airport, to save the taxi fare.
It turned out, she’d worked as a prostitute for about five years, since she had left University. She had a flat in Boston, but rarely lived there, following the big conferences and high class holiday areas as the year progressed. I remember, she said that she used to go to Aspen for the skiing season, but never got on the piste.
Girls like this will see London as the place to be this summer, but they will not be staying in East London by any means. It will be interesting to see the girls waiting in the popular and very expensive hotels. Some say, it has always been thus, as I remember a friend was propositioned in the bar of a five-star hotel a few years ago by an Arab, whilst waiting for her husband.
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