Earlier this week my colleague JoyMell reported on the escort and prostitution scene in Second Life and I was suffering from ‘fomo’. Nah not really. A friend of mine, who just so happens to be a prostitute is celebrating nine years in Second Life making her one of a select group of veteran residents.
She took to exploring with vigour and within three days she had a job as a stripper. The lady who owned the strip club took Kathrine under her wing and so her journey began in earnest. As far as she was concerned it was job just like everyone else’s. She had to show up, dance which she enjoyed anyway, and get paid for doing so.
I asked the question I’m sure she’s been asked any number of times in her time in SL, that being what made her want to be a prostitute in SL. In a nutshell it’s all about the money…
Kathrine works out of the Streetwhores sim only. She said “It’s the owners that make or break your ability to make money, same as in RL.” She doesn’t have any daddy issues, ghosts of abuse or worse still financial hardship (in our society the embarrassment of being poor seems to eclipse all of life’s real, emotional, hard hitting issues) but she’s in this business because she wants to be.
I asked her how she'd describe the connection she has with her customers. She said “if they cannot emote, be friendly and talk about him.”
I then asked her what she thought the biggest misconception about prostitution in SL is. She said “It’s really just a business. In my case there is no RL physical interaction. So it becomes entertainment, like in a geisha house.”
Geisha are traditional Japanese female entertainers who act as hostesses and whose skills include performing various arts such as classical music, dance, games and conversation, mainly to entertain male customers.
Kathrine said she’d never fallen in love with any of her customers. She has become good friends with some, but does not have a boyfriend. She doesn’t do slavery, BDSM, freebies, webcam or voice.
She’d like to thank her friends from all around the world, for making her Second Life as enjoyable as it has been and she hopes to continue making many more friends in the years to come.