“In Her Own Words… Interview with a London Call Girl”
“In Her Own Words… Interview with a London Call Girl” is the unedited transcript from an interview I undertook with a London call girl in the late 1990s. It is an enlightening and moving, firsthand account of a woman’s life affected by prostitution, exposing the emotional, psychological and social effects of living that existence. All royalties from this publication are being donated to Beyond the Streets, a charity helping women exit prostitution.
This charity publication and the cause is very close to my heart, partly because the woman I interviewed was a very dear friend, a wonderful person, and who had a terribly sad life, with childhood sexual abuse and then being pimped on the streets from the age of fifteen. As she is no longer alive, this is the reason I wanted the royalties to be donated to Beyond the Streets.
The stigma a significant section of society has against prostitutes and prostitution is mainly due to lack of knowledge. 75% of prostitutes have been sexually and physically abused as children, 70% have experienced multiple rapes, and 67% meet the criteria for posttraumatic stress disorder, which is a major cause of suicide.
With this publication, I hope to show the reality of life for women working in prostitution, the effects it has on them psychologically, emotionally, in relationships with men, how they are viewed and how they feel they are viewed by society as outsiders and outcasts, often judged and looked down on. Seeing them as real people, with real feelings, and acquiring an insight into their tormented childhoods and painful present lives, allows people who are not in that life to gain an informed perception of who these women really are, and with that knowledge, are less likely to judge but instead develop compassion.
“In Her Own Words… Interview with a London Call Girl” – Extract
I feel like a sex object in a way that that’s all they want. And you go home to bed and there’s no one to cuddle you, there’s no one to hold you, there’s no one to…there’s everyone to fuck you. They just want a fuck. Or even if you go to a friend’s house, any guy’s house, and you just want to go round there for a cuddle, they’ll try sex on, guaranteed. And if you don’t have sex with them, they don’t want you there. It’s like you feel like a sex object and that’s what you are. It’s like…even though…even though some of my clients are really nice and I like them a lot, I know that I’m just sex to them and it’s like…I’m an object. Do you know what I mean? They might care a bit but at the end of the day they still want sex. They come for one service and that’s it. Once that service is performed, they’re out. They go home to their everyday lives and they don’t think about you twice in their head once after they’ve gone. That’s…that’s a really sad thing about it sometimes. That’s really sad.
“In Her Own Words… Interview with a London Call Girl” is available to download from Amazon US for 99c and from Amazon UK for 77p. It is also available worldwide. All royalties will be donated to Beyond the Streets, helping women exit prostitution.
Ruth Jacobs studied prostitution in the late 1990s, which sparked her interest in the subject. Her novels dispel the ‘happy hooker’ myth and expose the dark world and the harsh reality of life as a call girl. She draws on her research and the women she interviewed for inspiration. She also has firsthand experience of some of the topics she writes about, such as post-traumatic stress disorder and drug and alcohol addiction.