#51: Money Up Front

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Lindsay is an Ottawa area sex worker. She works with the non-profit advocacy group POWER (Prostitutes of Ottawa/Gatineau Work, Educate, Resist) to decriminalize prostitution in Canada and improve working conditions for sex workers. She tells us how she got her start, what it’s like to have sex for money, and how different it is from Julia Roberts’ Pretty Woman.

Thanks to Anne Patterson for putting us in touch with Lindsay – you can read her profile of Lindsay on Hello Ottawa.

Theme music by Drew Danburry, other music by:

[NOTE: Unfortunately our music provider was acquired by another company, and they no longer offer free mp3 downloads. Below are the tracks used in this week’s show.]

  • Hospital Ships “I Want It to Get Out”
  • Jared Mees & The Grown Children “Hungry Like a Tiger”
  • Sloan “Unkind” 
  • The Nghiems “Dum Dum Dah Dah”

7 Comments so far...

  1. Just want to clarify something I said re: the escorts who make the most money. It’s up to the escort to decide what she wants to charge for her time. I didn’t mean to say that the escorts who make the most money are those who see the most clients (you can charge more and see fewer clients, for example), I was trying to say that the escorts who will have the most demand will be those who are young, white, slender and able-bodied. What can I say, I’m not very articulate on the fly. 🙂

  2. Thanks for clarifying – I think I might have misunderstood that. But seriously, you might be the most articulate person to have been on our show yet… including the hosts. Thanks again!

  3. Wow, guys. This was one of the best shows in recent memory. Big props to Lindsay for her courage and sense of social justice, and a big cheer to JP and Elah for thoughtful, intelligent questions. Thanks!

  4. Thanks sexperson!

  5. […] Update: Lindsay also did an amazing interview with Toronto-based podcast I Like You, where she talks about how she came out as a sex worker to her mom, what her clients are like, and more. It’s definitely worth a listen!  I Like You Episode #51: Money Up Front. […]

  6. I am contemplating going to Ottawa to see an escort. But, I have a constant worry I will be perceived as ‘creepy’ and/or ‘ugly’ by the escort in the massage parlor. Having being rejected by women on these premises before, it is a deep and valid fear of mine. My brain wiring is different and I tend to act a little bit off from the ‘norm’ and hence am perceived as ‘creepy’ by some women. I fear I will give off the impression of a ‘serial killer’ she speaks of. It probably won’t happen, but it is a deep seated fear of mine.

    I also have Asperger’s Syndrome.
    I can only dream of the lives some of these people live….

  7. Johns HAVE been rejected by sex workers before….it DOES happen.

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