Life as a Legal Sex Worker
Chapter 5 is an autoethnographic account of author Breanna Mohr’s lived experiences working in a legal brothel. Initially choosing legal prostitution as an occupation when she was in her early twenties, she found brothel work as a way to have freedom to create her own schedule so she could devote more time to getting her undergraduate degree. Mohr discovered her passion for sex work research towards the end of her undergraduate degree and decided to pursue graduate school to continue her research. In this chapter, Mohr analyzes some critical incidents that have shaped her life in the brothel. She reveals the tension felt in negotiating a price for her services and how she grapples with deciding what monetary value is fair, what she deserves, and what she can get from the client. She also reflects on how taking ownership over her sex worker identity in academia has reduced the impact of shame from the societal stigma placed on legal prostitutes. Mohr tells her story with detail and a raw insider perspective of the industry.
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