TOUCHING up her lipstick in the mirror, 22-year-old serial dater Alexis is giddy with pleasure.
However tonight she’s not happening her standard Friday night time Tinder date – as an alternative she’s going to promote sex to a stranger she’s by no means met earlier than.
Alexis turned to escorting after rising fed-up with on-line courting
The previous Cardiff College scholar has signed as much as Cardiff’s largest name woman company after getting fed up of being ghosted by males on courting apps and having horrible one night time stands.
“The problem with my generation is, we just don’t know how to date,” Alexis admits, saying she made the choice to enroll to the sex promoting website as a result of she might as well get paid for bad sex, quite than doing it for free with Tinder dates after which getting ditched.
She’s decided to look for trustworthy encounters on her personal phrases – one thing she thinks she will get by way of escorting.
Billie Piper famously starred in The Diaries of A Name Woman
Alexis can earn £150 as a high-end escort in Cardiff
She’s one in every of 70,000 ladies in the UK – from single mums to college students – legally promoting sex and fetish work to over two million males.
“I just want a new experience for myself,” she says.
Her journey into sex work is documented in a model new Channel 5 documentary – First Time Name Woman, which follows her journey from poor scholar to £150-an-hour name woman, eating at fancy restaurant and dressing in designer garments.
- 1 Promoting sex and costly clothes
- 2 Behind closed doorways with skilled escorts
- 3 Nipple tassles, sex with 72-year-olds and feeling like a spouse
- 4 Enjoying Dracula’s spouse and popping balloons
- 5 ‘The love of my life died so I turned to sex work’
- 6 Loneliness and violent shoppers
- 7 ‘Happier than ever’
Promoting sex and costly clothes
Alexis begins her journey by assembly Lawrence, the proprietor of the company.
He’ll make bookings with males on her behalf for what he calls “companionship session” – and take a 30 per cent minimize of her charge.
Alexis, proven on her induction to the escort company
She explains she needs to earn £1,000 every week and he talks her via how shopper conferences ought to work – that she ought to put on costly clothes and heels and all the time take the cash at the begin of the date.
Behind closed doorways with skilled escorts
After chatting to Lawrence, she meets skilled escort Penny, who has had the same drawback with blokes.
“I am single, so instead of using Tinder I do this and make money,” Penny says, one thing Alexis agrees with.
“Men pretend to want to be in a relationship with you,” says Alexis. “They get your hopes up and you think that’s it and it just turns out to be sex – but it’s not for free anymore.”
Alexis shortly turns into a well-liked escort for the Cardiff-based company
Nipple tassles, sex with 72-year-olds and feeling like a spouse
A photoshoot is organized for Alexis the place she wears nipple tassles to promote her providers – then she’s listed on the web site and the bookings begin coming in.
And as she begins her journey in the business, she finds having sex for cash straightforward, regardless of being initially nervous and admitting she wasn’t positive what she was actually getting herself into.
“I thought it might be sleazy or cheap,” she says of her first experience, which is shielded from the cameras. “Or that I might not like it.”
Males can e-book time with Alexis by way of an internet site
“But it wasn’t bad despite the fact he was a lot older than me – I just felt like I was on an expensive date, like I was this guy’s wife almost, with the way he was speaking to me and treating me.”
Again at Name Woman HQ, Alexis arms Lawrence his reduce, and admits her first shopper was “chubby and not that good-looking.”
She provides: ” It was a bit awkward. I ended up shaking his hand as a result of I did not know what to do.
“But when I finished it felt so good to have the money in my hand.”
“This is the first time I can remember walking away from sex and not let a man take something from him that I wasn’t willing to give him.”
In her first month Alexis was booked by a 72-year-old shopper who stood in entrance of the mirror and repeatedly requested if she discovered him attractive earlier than having sex with her.
“I don’t think I could do that booking again,” she explains. “He was a nice guy but when he asked if he looked nice I thought he looked so shrivelled and old.”
Alexis additionally defined the drawback of getting her interval – which means she has to take 5 days off work.
“It’s disappointing because I was really looking forward to it,” she explains. “Periods and escorting don’t mix.”
Enjoying Dracula’s spouse and popping balloons
Being paid for sex can be extremely profitable, with escorts making hundreds of kilos per week.
However, Hannah, a 29-year-old escort from Plymouth who can also be featured in the program, says the encounters can be disappointing, with “90 per cent of men coming in one minute” as they’re too excited.
“The men usually look at your agency photo and fantasise over it, and then when you meet them the fantasy becomes a reality,” she says.
Cassandra, one other high-end escort who is predicated in London expenses £500 an hour, and this will go as much as £6,000 to accompany males on a weekend away – and her wardrobe is packed filled with designer clobber such as Louboutin footwear.
Cassandra’s job permits her to have a really costly wardrobe
Cassandra, 28, who says she finds mental conversations a “real turn-on”, specialises in fantasy and role-playing with older males – providing them a “bespoke experience” the place she is going to act out no matter their coronary heart wishes.
Half of her shoppers are married, however she does not see what they’re doing as dishonest as it is simply “sex without emotional strings attached.”
She owns a number of outfits to put on in the bed room – from an air-hostess costume to a Dracula’s spouse outfit full with false fangs and an Egyptian dancer’s headdress – which she wore whereas a person pretended to be a sheikh.
Cassandra is not any stranger to dressing up in the bed room
In the meantime Hannah, who has simply launched her personal company, says her most weird request got here from a person who paid her £150 to pop water balloons with her naked ft.
She began escorting in her 20s, and says that as she appeared younger and was flat-chested, many males would ask her to fake to be a toddler or gown up as a schoolgirl, one thing she refused to do.
Hannah says her most weird request got here from a person who paid her £150 to pop water balloons with her naked ft
“It was a wake-up call that so many ‘normal’ men are into that,” she says.
‘The love of my life died so I turned to sex work’
Nevertheless, behind the ‘straightforward’ cash and glamour, a few of the ladies – all of who’re single – say they’re lonely.
Cassandra turned to escorting after her long-term boyfriend sadly handed away when she was simply 19.
“I decided that if I wouldn’t be able to love one person like this again, then I could give everything I have to many people,” she says tearfully.
Cassandra turned to escort work after her boyfriend handed away
Lots of her shoppers are regulars she’s had all through her 5 years of escorting, however she will not cross the line with them.
Nevertheless, she admits it is like “an emotional roller-coaster managing all these relationships”.
Loneliness and violent shoppers
Kat says that behind the glamour, escort work is lonely
Kat, a 32-year-old from Manchester who has labored in the grownup business since she was 18, sells 15-minute “girlfriend experience” packages, the place shoppers come spherical to her home and she or he is paid £30 simply to kiss and cuddle males and fake to be courting them.
In the programme, she heads to London and Milton Keynes for a couple of days to extend her shopper base, however says she spends a very long time alone in her lodge room ready for shoppers to reach.
Regardless of the reality she receives 60 texts a day from males, she is lonely and says her life is “dead sad”.
She says her household disapprove of her decisions and barely converse to her, and she or he simply needs to have youngsters and a traditional 9 to 5 job.
‘Happier than ever’
Alexis says if a shopper hit her it will make her re-think doing escort work.
A current survey of sex staff confirmed that over half had skilled violence on the job.
“What would stop me doing this is if somebody hit more or was violent against me,” says Alexis. “But I can probably fight back – I know I can look after myself.”
The distinction in Alexis after her first month of being an escort is obvious to see.
The previously shy scholar is assured, and says she has been having fun with her work.
“There’s been no moment where I’ve thought ‘this is not OK, I need to stop’,” she says.
“Earlier than this I was dwelling for different individuals. I really feel like escorting goes to be the means I scrap the picture I have made for myself and different individuals’s expectations.
“These last four weeks have been amazing. I feel like a new woman.”
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“Although being an escort brings so many options and power to your life, it can destroy your life just like that,” says Hannah.
In the event you’re not mentally secure and never in an excellent place, this isn’t a job for you.”
First Time Name Woman airs tonight on Channel 5 at 10pm