Sex Workers Explain the Struggles Of Running An Illegal Business

When Dane* gets into a car with a client, the first thing he does is ask the guy to pull out his dick.

It’s a measure he developed after nearly getting arrested for having an escort ad on Craigslist. “I met up with the person, and we drive around the block and he starts talking,” said Dane, a Seattle-based escort. “The way he was talking was weird, and you could tell he didn’t know anything about gay sex. After a while I told him to stop.” That’s when the cop pulled out a badge, terrifying Dane before letting him off with a lecture.

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