How'd you like to make $250 an hour? Sounds good, right? Well, if you're willing to join the glamorous world of sex work, you might be in luck. So where do you start? Lucky for you, there's a class.
A few months ago one of our producers came across RENT U on twitter. At first we couldn't believe it, but when we dug deeper we found it was all too real. In some ways the group is a reaction to the popularity of rentboy.com, a site that pairs young men in need of financial assistance (so called "rent boys") with clients who willing to provide said assistance in return for companionship.
Hawk Kincaid founded the new program for Hook Online, a not-for-profit online resource for men in the sex trade, in 2005. Since then, this industry-only series of workshops has met periodically and in secret, covering everything from legal issues faced by sex workers to marketing to how to negotiate with clients. Their next class, scheduled for Dec. 19, will focus on self defense. These classes are strictly off limits to the press, so we did the next best thing and took a private lesson for ourselves.
Clearly, Sam Matthews is not cut out for life as a sex worker. Although many male prostitutes are straight, not being prepared to have sex with men is kind of a career killer in the sex-for-hire trade.
Do you think you have what it takes?