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My conversation with the concierge of hotels I stay at during different travels to Europe lays threadbare the current socio-economic situation there. Franz in Amsterdam, Lorenzo in Milan, Birhakeim in London and Sebastian in Paris very candidly revealed to me that 20-year-old girls, even after finishing their studies at the university, prefer to engage in the escort sex worker’s job. On one side the recession and on the other, the high lifestyle costs have pushed young girls to realise that they need not waste time with a 9-6 job full of stress. Additionally, they have to fight male chauvinism at the workplace, then end up paying high bills at the end of the month.
So instead of suffering the plight that normal sex workers fall into, being an escort gives huge power to the girl. Escorts have privacy, choice and the liberty of time on their hands, according to my cross discussions with the concierges. Escorts screen customers on their handsets, choose to accept an offer or not, and make demands prior to engagement. European escorts can travel facilities without any frontier.
On average, they make 150 to 300 Euros per session, lasting anywhere between 30 and 60 minutes. If a session lingers, the charges also clock up faster than the taximeter. Serving 10 customers from 8 pm to 4 am, they easily earn 1000 to 2000 Euros per night after paying off the agent who takes care of their agenda and the customer finding process. It seems agents nowadays are ever vigilant on this mobile phone escort service system.
They seriously assume responsibility for both sides, the security and proper payment of the escort girl — who’s their partner actually running their sex business — and ensuring the satisfaction of customers who want safe sex. In a county like Holland, where sex working is legal, Franz said this business is discreet, yet open, easy and makes nobody a loser.
Franz had alerted me about sex, art and torture being within walking distance in Amsterdam, which I wrote about last week. In fact it was his further observations on sex workers that made me touch this subject with the other concierges I met in three other cities. Franz told me that all his rich American or Arab clients are hallucinated with the best choice of girls they get in Amsterdam. As prostitution is totally legal and regulated in Holland, this country has attracted job-starved girls from 44 different countries in Europe, Latin America, Africa and even Asia.
About two-thirds of the 30,000 girls here are non-Dutch. Girls can easily start a lucrative sex business here. Her only investment is a mobile phone, an agent to procure clients, and a health certificate that proves she’s in perfect health. There are legal brothels too where the girls can find easy employment. In 2011, the Dutch authorities started asking sex workers to pay taxes on their earnings. In some Dutch cities, there are facilities called afwerkplek, a sex drive-in for cars for street prostitution. “So the government, girls, continued…