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peachypetite Sun 26-Jan-20 22:22:40

I know. Caroline seemed to be the only one enjoying it! The other two, despite them saying how in control they were, just had this underlying sadness.

peanutfoldover Sun 26-Jan-20 21:57:57

I feel so mixed about the sex-working industry.

Without giving away my exact job title gynae health is my job. I have treated sex workers like the ones in the programme. They prefer ‘escort’ to prostitute and advertise online, mostly working from their own home. Some tell me openly (albeit not ever proudly I must add), lots don’t admit it but I know because I have access to police, social services and mental health reports.

I’d really love to think that all women are in it because they’ve made an informed decision, weighed up their options and chosen sex work/escorting because they genuinely enjoy it and earn good money. But the sad truth is that most (almost all in my experience) have a history of being sexually abused in childhood. Many have been coerced into it by someone else or simply feel they have no choice and are living in poverty.

I’ve got just about the most liberal views on sex that anyone could have. NOTHING shocks or surprises me anymore. If you both/all consent and you both/all enjoy it, crack on! But when I meet a sex worker it just makes me feel sad really, as none of them seem very happy, even when they say they are.

(Admittedly, all the ones I meet have gynae issues of some kind so my view is probably very skewed toward the negative!!)

peachypetite Sun 26-Jan-20 20:28:22

Watching. I do feel sorry for the children of the mum of four, does the whole world need to know their mum is a prostitute?

Whathewhatnow Wed 15-Jan-20 23:25:01

In charge...

Whathewhatnow Wed 15-Jan-20 23:24:35

I didn't know how to feel about any of this programme..

It's easy to think along the lines of 'they know not what they do' type of thing. But all the women featured seemed quite self-aware to me, and I charge of their own destiny.

It was a shame that no male sex workers were featured in the prog.

purpleme12 Wed 15-Jan-20 23:18:12

It struck me when they said something about the student they were basically saying she's sometimes horrible to friends and so the friends decide they can't deal with that and go. Well they will if she's horrible to them!

Marshymallowy Mon 13-Jan-20 21:39:01

I wanted more info on the couple too, I wondered if they were swingers maybe? Or yeah if it was his fantasy.

With the woman who was a mum I felt Louis was having a bit of a saviour thing, or trying to make her a "victim". When it would have been good to look at her realistic alternative work choices, and the structural reasons for people in her position choosing sex work.

I wanted to know more of Ashleigh's background too. Her dad was mentioned but not so much her mum.

I was initially sympathetic to the disabled man but not so much when he said he'd hired a 21yo woman.

AgathaVanHelsing Mon 13-Jan-20 20:28:22

Just watching this now. All of the women featured are so vulnerable I feel particularly the art student

As a flippant side note why do women with lip fillers gurn?

LolaSmiles Mon 13-Jan-20 17:29:06

I'm only 5 minutes in and the first couple have a very weird dynamic. It seems quite odd the way she is telling her man that she belongs to her DP and wants him to give her away to another man for an hour.

Deadposhtory Mon 13-Jan-20 16:23:51

The disabled man was v sad

TheQueef Mon 13-Jan-20 14:15:58

BBC iPlayer Boo

The insight she had into hypersexual behaviour and her early abuse was heartbreaking.

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Designingheaven Mon 13-Jan-20 14:15:52

2 of the girls wrote formal complaints and asked to be removed from the show which was denied. There’s a lot of uproar on Twitter and Instagram. Louis Theroux apparently was quite horrible to them off camera. The always use sex workers that fit their narrative rather than the completely sound of mind women who weren’t abused as children. It’s not a balanced view of the Industry at all

Booboooo Mon 13-Jan-20 14:13:33

What channel please

fripperyclose Mon 13-Jan-20 14:05:23

So predictable and so sad that two of the women had been abused as children.

slingthegin Mon 13-Jan-20 13:32:55

Watched it too. I agree, can't help feeling there was a sense of cuckholding in their dynamic (perhaps at least at the beginning as neither seem happy now) which I'd have liked Louis to explore.

What struck me too was the two punters interviewed appeared to naively believe that the women enjoyed their company and that there was some mutual benefit (other than the cash) to the interaction.

Sad viewing all round.

blubberball Mon 13-Jan-20 12:51:40

I watched it. I was amazed at the mum with 4 kids. She had told her eldest dd what she did for a living at age 13. She seemed like an amazing mum to the children, and she was doing everything to provide for them.

All the women seemed to be damaged in one way or another.

shortytrekker Mon 13-Jan-20 12:34:45

I'm watching now, I'll probably see a bit then catch up with the rest later. I'm watching the art student now, I don't feel she's truly happy with the situation, but has a' front'. But who knows.

TheQueef Mon 13-Jan-20 11:59:18

Has anyone watched?

I love Louis and think he's brilliant at relaxing his interviewees.
I think he missed a chunk out of Carolines story though, I felt the husband was more in to cuckold than Caroline and her confidence.
It's a sad state that so many are financially dependent on sex work.
The art student seemed so naive sad

What did you think?

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