International Writers Magazine - Our Tenth Year: Economics and Exploitation
economic recession has hit me right in the groin, and if my failed
attempts at employment continue, I stand to get hit in the groin
over and over again.
a long trip abroad, I returned home to a place I hardly knew. One
of my friends had his car repossessed, another went bankrupt and
still more were leaving the city with a sack on a stick to find
work elsewhere. Having been unemployed while doing volunteer work
in Senegal for the past four months, I realized I was screwed for
work just like everyone else.
about poor developing countries and unfortunates who are forced into
horrid working conditions just to put food in their bellies in these
"third world" countries. Well let me tell you something; I
had more employment offers in Africa than I do here in our cozy western
Of course my situation doesnt compare to eeking an existence in
the slums of India or losing my family to genocide in Sudan, but life
here aint easy, and I have bills to pay like everyone else.
After dropping resumes at jobs in every industry that came to mind and
receiving no responses from anyone looking to hire, selling my body
sprung into my head as a potentially good option.
What the hell is this world coming to when us "developed"
folks, with all our freedoms and securities, start believing that the
only way to get our bank accounts out of the red is to whore themselves
out until times are more fruitful?
Now, nothing against these professions: I appreciate the art of using
sex for money. After all, if I had a dollar for every time I should
But the point is, Im not considering prostitution
because I like the idea of it. I dont need the extra cash for
a Coach purse or a heroin fix. Im a student and a fucking volunteer
worker. I need money to survive in a world where money has become the
very essence of life.
With serious consideration, I began to scour Craigslist for escort opportunities
and stripper gigs. What I found didnt shock me, but I read it
in incredulity. More and more women were soliciting their bodies and
souls in order to pay tuition, rent and grocery bills. One young woman
posted an ad explaining her dire money situation and her need for some
quick cash to pay for moving costs to her new apartment. For the right
price she said she would go all the way.
More and more men are taking advantage of the situation too. Ads soliciting
young, petite, broke-ass girls for everything from threesomes and creampies
to topless masseuses and private home videos referred to tough financial
times as a reason to jump on the ho-train.
Now, I know it could be worse. I could be raped. But seriously, isnt
forced prostitution some form of rape? In this case we are being raped
by our own economy, and as the rich somehow still get richer, the poor
Gotta go strap on my pumps. I wonder how this will look on my resume
when the financial market bounces back.
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