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Back to the life of a hooker for me…

Yeaaaay… NOT!

The rude reawakening is always horrid. Stop being a hooker if you hate it so much I hear you scream!!! Well nooo it’s not the hookering I hate, it’s what comes with it, for example:

Tomorrow I have to hand back my straight work phone so I have to get a new personal phone which means a credit check. Now because I’m not employed anywhere I have to apply for a new ABN 😦 drama. I was sitting there applying for the stupid thing wondering what I should tell them I do. I came up with the closest thing to hookering I could imagine without saying “hookering” because it simply wasn’t an option listed! The first lie.

I went to the “what title would you like to use” button and they had everything listed including Mother, Brother, Sister, Master, Your Honor, Senior Colonel Major at Arms, Friar Tuck… basically they had a title for everyone except Hooker and Intergalactical Princess so I didn’t know what to call myself!

Then they wanted to know my place of business and a postal address…. horror strikes the heart of the little hooker for the second time. Not only do they want to be able to publicly display my real name, but then they want to know where I do business and my postal address. No big drama I hear you say… not unless you’re a hooker!

I was once stalked by an accountant who demanded $50k to “invest” for me because I couldn’t be trusted to become rich by myself. He then tried to threaten me by saying he had discovered my mothers home address, phone number, work number blah blah by searching my ABN and he repeated my mothers details so I would know he wasn’t bluffing….. he knew I owned a particular business so he searched the business name on it to find out. He said all it would take was for someone to send a few full gloss color screen shots of me on my website to my mother in the mail and she’d never speak to me again, so he should be allowed to take over my financial affairs so I’d no longer be at risk of these things happening.

When he told me verbatim my mothers personal details I remember I stood there and felt my throat land in my bottom – it was the strangest feeling – sheer terror I believe is what it would be called. I stood there for 90 seconds trying to convince myself not to throw up. Then I ran into the bathroom and threw up and I was looking in the toilet bowl thinking “I’m so sorry I do this to you Lucy. Shit baby girl get in the shower and get some water on you or you’re going to pass out”. So I crawled to the shower, turned it on and passed out. I woke up, threw up and then passed out again. I then woke up and heard my cupboards opening and closing and I thought “that’s ok, he knows everything to destroy me already so nothing to find in there I don’t care”. Then the hooker in me kicked in and I thought “you want to play psycho, I’ll play psycho, hell I invented psycho”. So I crawled out of the shower onto the bath mat and sat there watching the water dripping on my arms thinking how pretty water globs look on your skin, listening to him going thru my cupboards. I then spent 20 seconds getting REALLY angry, had a giggle and walked out.

I walked out completely on one and said “thank you so much for letting me know how easy it is to find out people’s details. People could be destroyed by information so I’ll have to sell my business in case someone tries to threaten me. I mean can you imagine how it would feel for you if I was to call your wife right now and tell her you’re here fucking a sex worker and the evil things I do to your butthole on a monthly basis? You’d lose it all! Your wife, your kids, your money, your house, your friends, your business – hell your life would be destroyed! Yes people knowing stuff about you can be very dangerous”. I remember holding my hands up in front of my face watching them shaking and they were all white. I looked him in the eye with my hands in front of his face and giggled. He was standing there looking at this deranged water soaked chick in a cocktail dress, shaking and giggling at him. He left oooooh straight away… running even.

I imagine when most people register a business they feel excited and full of joy because they are on the path to making their goals and dreams come true. Most sex workers when they register a business feel nothing but dread, sheer paranoia and horror. It’s bloody awful actually.

So in 30 days time, I’ll be able to have a personal phone to call my mother to make sure she’s ok – she’s having new knee’s put in so I need to be able to talk to her. Wish I could be there but…… that brings me to the second joy I’m facing as a born again full time hooker….. I can’t move out of Brisbane because I can’t get a lease!

I’m stuck in this unit in Brisbane because I have no-one to lie for me and tell a real estate agent I work for them. I have to continue on my lease (and they’re increasing my rent) because they won’t do a credit check on me again if I’m continuing. I’ve asked a bunch of friends to lie for me and tell the real estate agent I work for them, but noooooooooo they won’t do it. How hard is it to say “yup she works for me and earns $80k a year”? It’s like they think if they lie and I don’t pay rent, then the real estate agent is going to come after them for rent. Nooooo how hard is it to say “yer the silly cow quit a week after I spoke to you last and I have no forwarding address”? I mean I’ve never not paid my rent 3 months in advance at all times no matter where I’ve lived.

Tell them you’re self employed I hear you cry… noooooooo… then they want your tax returns, your BAS statements, you’re business website address blah blah. They certainly won’t rent an apartment to one ‘Lucy Blake’ because she is a hooker sporn of the devil. There is a common belief that sex workers have 50 drunk pedophiles coming in and out of their apartments every day, using up all the car spaces. I read somewhere recently when discrimination was being discussed that many girls and clients alike all think sex workers should be discriminated against in advertising, leasing properties (and in other areas) because of the amenities impact and the drunk monsters that come and go (another reason was because if we are discriminated against and everything is illegal, it makes punting more attractive to clients and sex workers can charge more – whatever!). A sex industry forum with sex workers saying it’s good to discriminate and clients who KNOW better because they visit us saying sex workers should be discriminated against! Fell off my chair when I read that I did!

I spend a lot of my time shaking my head theses days.

Anyhooo the life of a hooker sucks. We can’t live in society because everyone and every system in society is designed to screw us, be dangerous, discriminate against us and marginalise us.

There’s nothing for it… tomorrow I’m going to talk someone into letting me stick something very large up their butt! Aaaah therapy 🙂

Lucy the Intergalactical Princess (living on the edge of space, because they won’t let me join planet Earth)

😉

ps. ooooh and for all you sex workers out there who may be interested, it’s actually SWOPs job to support sex workers when they find themselves in tricky situations or have questions on how to avoid difficult situations and also to lobby against discriminatory and dangerous practices I mentioned above. Unfortunately they have their heads so far up ACONs arse they won’t do it. ACON is anti sex work and refuses to be heard making noises supporting such an unPC cause as sex work – heaven forbid you support and lobby for your “client” base.

ACON is in charge of dishing out SWOPs funding and have decided to move SWOP out of the building they are currently in which is a sex worker safe space and move them into a shared premises with ACON who supposedly provide services to the trans/gay/lesbian/inter communities. They have also decided to confiscate their cars so SWOP will no longer be providing an outreach service – this means no more visiting brothels, going to interagency meetings etc. All of this in the name of saving money and supposedly not having enough funding.

It means that now not only are SWOP NOT a peer based organisation (they no longer employ sex workers because they believe you don’t need to be a peer to do peer education and support – dickheads), not only do they NOT have any current or relevant resources (they were all out dated 8 years ago), not only do they still NOT have a website, but they will now NOT be able to access you and you won’t feel comfortable accessing them in their new premises.

ACON in their infinite wisdom, has decided that over $1 million a year in funding, is not sufficient to supply services to sex workers or the resources sex workers require. Wonder how they are going to make tens of thousands of dollars a year by charging sex workers for safer sex supplies now! How the hell is the management of ACON going to afford their overseas conferences, their Big Day Out bullshit talk fest if they can no longer live off the earnings of sex workers?! Ohhh that’s right, they’re going to take the funding and use that instead of spending it on sex workers… silly me.

For anyone interested, not all sex workers are going to take this lying down (pardon the pun). I’ll let people’s know when a plan is in place and how anyone interested can do their bit to save what should be a SEX WORKER organisation. Hell defunding the buggers would not be a bad idea if they are going to make a mockery of sex workers, our rights, our safety and our needs! Why should sex worker designated funding be used to prop up the lifestyle of ACON?!

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Hi Lucy,

I, myself, was in your very predicament not that long ago. I was simply lucky & blessed enough to have a close friend whom I hold very dear gallop to my rescue. He vouched for my doggedly loyal service to him as an employee (he he), which helped me secure a lease in a beautiful house. I can’t imagine where I would be now if it weren’t for him!

I have also had someone threaten to tell my only remaining adult family member (my grandmother) that I was a hooker. Difference was, he actually did it. Truthfully, it was the most liberating thing anyone has ever done for me. It got that responsibility out of the way, & my nonna is cool enough to accept it & go with the flow.

However, I appreciate that not everyone is that lucky. For this, I can only offer you my sympathy & understanding. We should have an active, valuable WL service that actually advocates & commits themselves to our rights & needs as people, & as human beings. The current group of bodies just ISN’T enough…

For all it’s worth, please know that I am thinking of you in your time of stress & peril. Should you ever need it, please let it be know that Ms Lucy Blake is welcome to surf my couch anytime. 🙂

Good luck, sister. May fortune glance your way, & bless you with her smile. 😉

XXX,
Roxanne Wilde.

Comment by Roxanne Wilde

Forget the website.. gotta plug it when I can 😉

Comment by Roxanne Wilde

You cry wolf Lucy – it’s very easy to get an ABN as a sex worker – the ATO has recognised us for years. You can also get ALL your information suppressed by the ATO. There’s a simple form to fill out and it happens very quickly. To get a personal mobile you don’t even need an ABN unless it’s applied for as a business phone. If that really did happen by an accountant then i would suggest calling the professional accountants association as he has acted unprofessionally and should be dis-barred. Finally – a work phone is a work phone. It shouldn’t be used for private calls. Perhaps if you had actually applied for a private phone before your non – sex worker job finished you wouldn’t have had a problem. I know many people who go buy pre-paid mobiles from the post office…. it was hardly a traumatic experience.

Comment by Felicity

Hello ‘Felicity’

If you’re going to try and get me to bite, you’re going to have to be a little more sophisticated than ‘you cry wolf’ hahaaa and the blah blah blaaaaah that followed.

Lucy

Comment by Lucy Blake

While I won’t pretend to understand a single thing about the credit laws of Australia, I have to say that the callousness with which you regard Lucy’s situation is sickening!

A violation of personal space, whether or not the person has a leg to stand on or stupidly puts themselves at risk by threatening you, *is* traumatic. Those of us that were not born wickid are often find it very disturbing to have to face the fact that people, perhaps people like you, *are*.

Comment by Madame X

What worries me isn’t the content of what you are saying. It’s the obvious hostility with which it is said. Could one maybe hazard a guess that you have a personal barrow to push against Lucy? We can only wonder…

Comment by Roxanne Wilde

The law’s a bitch when it comes to ABN registration. You could set up a company with an accountant initially as director (for like 5 minutes) that would let you open the bank account, with you as signatory and you as public officer for tax purposes. Then you could resign and appoint a homeless person director (put their address as 77 William St or something) and then just trade through the company. That is about as anonymous as it is possible to get.

You should get one of your friendly WLs to say you works for them and then you could return the favour when they need it. That way at least you’d have employment from someone with an ABN.

Just trying to help but you’ve probably thought of all this …

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