Prostitution is an age-old trade. Coronavirus has hit big and small businesses alike. With shutting down of major red light areas, sex-workers have invariably been hit. Where it hurts the most.
- Coronavirus’ Impact on Prostitution: Empty Red Light areas
- Sex-Workers Speaks
- It’s in the touch
- The Hustle must go on
There are no women in sexy lingerie behind the rows of windows inviting carnal beings, stimulating fantasies, and pleasure they seek in Amsterdam’s red-light area. Covid-19 compels the street bustling with tourists around the year to shut down.
Of Pleasure and Pains
What is prostitution if not the profession of pleasures and pains?
The pleasure in letting your guards down, the excitement that surges your senses with sight, a smell, the warm-cold breath… the rush of pain turning into pleasure…
And people pay for it… legally or illegally!
In the century of Netflix and chill, the hustlers are mostly in pain because speaking of pleasures, nothing better than isolation for people to satiate fantasies.
Around the globe, sex-workers are self-employed daily wage earners. There are no fixed incomes and sadly life’s expensive.
Three Stories — British, German And Dutch
A woman who works as an escort in the United Kingdom wrote an essay for Refinery29 about ‘how coronavirus is destroying her business.’
As reported by Reuters, a Dutch sex-worker has put up a crowdfunding page on social media as loss of income puts sex-workers at great risk.
Salome Balthus, a sex worker in Berlin aptly tweets pointing out that the community is left to fend for itself. But they know that nobody is going to compensate them for loss of income, she told Chicago Tribune.
It’s In The Touch… Who’d take the risk?
In the trade of flesh a kiss, a touch, an erotic move, the sight can earn you a bigger better buck. The ‘regulars’ are a comfortable source but not profitable. And now when ‘fluid exchange’ can infect you with coronavirus… who’d take the risk?
The sex industry in Seattle has seen a collapse in demand. An escort tells yahoo, “…two clients have cancelled appointments in the last three days and inquiries from new clients have dried up entirely.”
In Berlin, Germany, dozens of infections have been traced to bars and clubs. The country is currently at high risk with more than 12000 registered cases. Press Democrat reports, the women are withdrawing to their homes for a ‘fear of safety.’
Guess when an intimate touch can infect you — there’s no point.
Somewhere Hustlers Must Go On
So well, there might be a point about money. The needs need to be met.
In Kamathipura, red district of Mumbai, most sex-workers have deserted the area and went back to their native place. While some are still striving to make ends meet. A sex worker tells Mumbai News, girls still doing the business are taking ‘necessary precautions’ against the coronavirus.
On a side note, coronavirus’ impact on prostitution is just a start. Maybe you can say we are all in the same bed; with the impending economic fallout we’re all getting… well, you get the idea.