While conducting a little email intercourse (of the verbal variety) with a “friend” yesterday, she let me know that on advice of somebody or other and pursuant to my current nightmare, she would not be associating with me until after the next court date. Owing to her precarious position concerning the custody of her child, she felt that action prudent. I get that – except that at some point, she moved a drug-addled junky girlfriend into her apartment who no doubt shot up on the premises while the child wasn’t looking. Inconsistency notwithstanding…not a huge problem. It’s not like I’m in love.
But the exchange got me to thinking. This girl is one of a company of women who walked away scot-free under the current legal initiative. She was in the trenches doing what the girls do and for reasons only the New York DA could tell you, went unprosecuted. I surmise the assumption is that those who own or run a business in the escort realm are the masterminds who would manipulate simple-minded worker bees who if the bosses weren’t around availing the girls of the opportunity to ply their wares, wouldn’t be doing what they’re doing.
But the real truth is that the women in these places (unless truly trafficked against their will) are in fact business partners with the owners. When an escort decides to pursue that pot of gold at the end of the stainbow, she has two choices. Go it on her own – or work for an owner. As an indy, she’s responsible for everything: answering the phone, paying for a place where she can work, and running ads. For many girls, the responsibility isn’t worth it, and they opt to work for somebody who performs these three tasks in exchange for half the money they make. In its way, the relationship is symbiotic. Both parties benefit and presumably, everybody is happy. It’s a sweet business deal. Take a songwriter as a point of comparison. Said composer will either give half his money to a publisher who might get an act to record the song…or try to get that task done him (or her) self. Not a huge difference! So my question is: Why does somebody who makes cash, doesn’t pay taxes on it 99% of the time, and too often goes on the dole (welfare and/or medicaid) for their babies pretending they don’t earn a living, walk on a deal like this?
Check it out. I know why I was named in this “conspiracy” (essentially for being the best friend of the principal owner who I’ve known and liked for 20 years). And I’m surely paying the price for that ill-advised friendship. But I don’t get why some very slick and skanky women of low moral fiber (and not because they sell sex for a living) simply moved on to work for a new owner as if they’re too stupid to enter into some sort of business arrangement that nets them deep into four figures weekly when clearly, they aren’t. Well…it is what it is (as “they” say) and I’ll have to deal with my own personal situation. What else am I gonna do? Cry like a baby forever? Nope. Just for the 30 minutes it took me to write this.