aka “Brandy’s Brilliant Idea #265”.
I have a love/hate relationship with the stereotypical brothel. On the one hand, I think they are great for safety and security of both the prostitute and client and the general public. If a woman were allowed to work in a designated place that the people who seek their services know about, street prostitution (including the danger and nuiscance problems) could be basically eliminated. The clients, instead of cruising neighborhoods looking for nookie, would just go to the brothel. Prostitutes would then know where to find the clients. Vice Versa applies also. Any prostitute caught plying her trade on the street outside of this district (aka in somebody’s neighborhood) could be fined or ticketed or whatever for loitering, vagrancy, etc so it would behoove them to move it to where it is allowed. Moving it indoors where there is safety in numbers and security in the form of well.. bodyguards will help to keep the less than honest set ups (muggings, beatings, etc) from occurring.
Many escorts don’t like the idea of being a brothel girl. Can’t blame them, particularly if we look to the Nevada brothels as an example. Cattle call my ass. I am not standing up in some line up so some dude can ‘inspect’ me and compare me to others on sight. Nor do I want to live someplace for nine days in a row, I have a family to take care of. I do know why Nevada does this though. The state will come down hard on the brothel itself (not the prostitute) if there is a case of an STD being traced back to them. So a prostitute gets tested and to ensure that she stays disease free, she has to stay only at the brothel lest she go out on the town and gets infected unknowingly before coming back to work the next day (after she tests negative and before she gets re-tested). So whereas it sucks, I know the reasoning behind it. Same goes with giving the brothel half of a girls earnings. The brothel pays all the bills (electric, water, alcohol, laundry, wages for ancillary staff, business license, property taxes, county taxes, decor, maintenance, the list goes on). Seriously, that is a HUGE chunk of change right there. I would hate to have to pay the monthly utilities associated with it *shudder*.
What I suggest when I say brothel is NOT what you probably picture. Therefore I’m going to use the term “proco-op”. For todays discussion I’m not going to include streetwalkers insomuch as I am going to discuss escorts. Average independent escorts (not the high dollar hotties or agency girls).
Issue: From my experience with internet independent escorting (and the experience of my peers), currently we work from our homes, the clients homes, hotels, or private apartments. I hate to work from my home because sometimes I don’t know if the client is going to have stalker potential, plus I just don’t want him knowing my real life address. I don’t want to go to his home because he may have hidden cameras, his buddies hiding out in the closet, and other cases where there may be potential for violent behavior because he is in his comfort zone. I don’t like to work from hotels/motels, they are commonly used in sting operations, management gets skittish and will call cops if they even just suspect something fishy is going on, and there are families there vacationing with their kids running around sometimes. That one is just a personal peeve of mine. Plus the fact that if something bad happens to you (the escort) you may not be found for 24 hours when hotel management comes knocking wanting you to pay for another day or when maid service gets around to you and decides to ignore the do not disturb tag hanging on your doorknob. I prefer private apartments out of the above but you can still run into association with real life persona since in most cases that is what you use to fill out the lease. It’s also the upkeep of the apartment with associated bills, not disturbing the neighbors, etc. It holds risks that are inherent with many of the above mentioned faults.
Now with a proco-op, you arrange your date like you normally would – via the internet, do your screening, all that stuff but the place that you meet for your date would be the proco-op. Neutral ground, client won’t know where you live, you won’t be in clients comfort zone. There will be security (should panic buttons be installed?) and there will be other people there who know what is going on and could care less (no little kids running around with mommy and daddy). Sorry the proco-op does have bills to pay so yes there would have to be a charge for the room (how much and what rate would have to be determined). No stings would be set up (because we are talking like if this would be allowed). So basically it’s your typical internet independent arrangement except you have neutral ground to conduct your business on if you so choose. For those who have an arrangement that they are comfortable with, whether it be a house, apartment, a known safe hotel – there shouldn’t be a requirement that you HAVE to use the proco-op. It’s there for people who don’t have it and I’d rather they use it than be in an unsafe place including a dark alley or back seat of a dam car next to a school yard in the middle of the day.
So what about for guys who feel the itch and want to just show up at the proco-op sans a date? Well, as us ladies know, there are times when we have slow days and wish we had appointments. We can troll online looking for clients and sit by our phone in our house/hotel/whatever OR these ladies can come hang out at the proco-op and troll online and wait by the phone AND wait to see if any clients sans dates come in. So picture escorts who are waiting for calls hanging around a lobby/living area, kicking back and bullshitting, and a client comes through the door because he has been on the road and hasn’t had time himself to see who is available online. NO cattle call inspections. Ick. Client just goes into the lobby and starts chatting it up. Here is where it can get tricky. I would think there would need to be rules and time limits. Like client can’t just hang out all day and waste time and the ladies can’t be cock-blocking. We would also have to let the client know that there will be no guarantee of a lady seeing him. All ladies have the right to say no and stand by that decision for whatever reason. There will be no “you have to say yes to whoever walks in”, oh hell no.
But these rules and guidelines for cases like this need to be decided by the escorts and management and come to an agreement that works for everybody. The main purpose of a proco-op is not to have a drop in service, it’s to have a neutral and safe ground.
Regulating: I think there needs to be a proco-op regulating agency. It should be left up to the cities (with the cooperation of a proco-op agency) as to how to address these places. Zoning laws and restrictions similar to any other adult sexually oriented business should probably be handled by the city commission. (Remember I’m not talking about independent ladies who are working out of their own place and not disturbing anyone). JCAHO is a regulating agency for hospitals and medical clinics. There are certain standards that a facility has to meet in regards to its building, employees, and services in order to be accredited by JCAHO. JCAHO then publishes and has a list of places that have met their standards and are JCAHO certified. This lets the public know basically where the best medical facilities are at due to their stringent guidelines. Almost all medical facilities want to be certified by JCAHO, both because of the status it gives them and because patients (who are in the know about this kind of thing) want to go there, along with some other benefits from insurance agencies and government which doesn’t really apply here but anyway…
A proco-op AGENCY (not facility) would have the right to set standards and guidelines when it comes to things such as cleanliness, independent escort qualifications (over the age of 18, not pimped kind of thing), and whatever other guidelines an escort panel comes up with. The agency would also have the authority to inspect these places applying for certification and publish a list of the places who meet and pass inspections, letting the buyer beware so to speak.
AND now I’m going to let you people in on a little not so secret secret AND I’m going to piss some of you off. I know this has been a long post so you can stop reading right here, especially if you are going to get pissy.
I am not trying to regulate the industry. My ideas for S-WATCH and ProCo-OP are my attempts to satisfy all parties, letting the adult voluntary escorts do what they do whether they want to be a part of these crazy ideas of mine or not AND by attempting to appease concerns brought about by the general public. That’s it. Our current laws are not doing SHIT to eradicate prostitution, if anything with this economy, it is becoming more widespread and I foresee it getting worse as those that do and those that don’t continue to butt heads in a wasted effort for control. You can’t eradicate, you must educate.
Clients for the most part are stupid when it comes to prostitution. Sorry, not all, but a large portion. In my area we have backpage.com and we have a discussion board. The discussion board is your best bet for finding adult voluntary providers because it is a self policed area. In other words, ladies who are rip offs and bait and switches and men who are assholes are called out and exposed. This helps you to avoid making the same mistakes. Yet surprisingly to me, many guys don’t know about it and continue to take risks by calling people from backpage and even craigslist. We talk about going after the ‘demand’ side of prostitution, then you need to EDUCATE the demand side and not through this John School bullshit. You really think John Schools stop or hinder the purchasing of services? Or could it be that they have learned to be more careful to not get caught? Human nature being what it is, I believe the latter. Plus you are putting sex workers out of jobs, which is probably your plan, but we still need to eat because I don’t see you driving up to deliver my meals now that I can’t get a client (and there still aren’t any normal jobs available that fit my needs).
So if you want to end demand for underage and pimped out women, educate the clients on who the adult voluntary women are. Stop going after the adult voluntary ladies (because now LE will know who they are) and concentrate on the prostitutes who aren’t. Want to stop illegal brothels, let an agency publish where the legal ones are. If you don’t know you can’t do the right thing. What is the number one thing that has hindered the spread of HIV and AIDS? It certainly wasn’t outlawing sex, it was EDUCATING people about the risks, the use of condoms, and the need to be careful.
Are there problems inherent in my ideas? You betcha! I can’t think of everything, there are problems I can’t foresee, there are issues I don’t know about. I won’t do it by myself, although I will start it by putting forth these ideas and welcoming feedback just to get somebody’s ball rolling. I need your input and thoughts.
So give it to me baby!