A student gave up her call centre job to work in a massage parlour, seeing up to 11 clients a day.
Camilla, whose name has been changed, now earns the same amount in a week as she used to make per month at her old job.
Her work varies as some of her clients simply ask for a massage, while others pay extra for sex acts, BristolLive reports.
On her highest paid day she made £900 at the Bristol brothel, although there are other days when she receives as little as £40.
The sex worker said she enjoys her job and loves the flexibility, which allows her to study and travel whenever she wants.
Camilla, who quit her call centre job earlier this year, said: “That job no longer suited me.
“I had been working there for over a year and it was not something I saw myself doing for the rest of my life.
“I wanted to finish my studies and do something that made me feel happy – and that job didn’t anymore.”
Camilla, who is in her early 20s, continued: “I think the [sex] industry has saved me.
“Sex work has changed my life for the best and I just want to educate people.
“I feel a lot happier in myself.”
She added that working at the massage parlour has improved her mental health and allowed her to live independently.
“I get to choose the hours and days so I have total flexibility,” Camila continued. “I was not pimped or exploited in any way.
“I am completely comfortable and safe where I am.
“What I earned in a month at the call centre, I can earn in a week doing full service.
“The job has given me a lot of confidence and it has taught me a lot about my body and what I enjoy and don’t enjoy.
“By doing this job, I am not hurting anyone.
“I feel happy and I feel safe, as well as getting a lot of freedom.
“I enjoy my job and I do get pleasure out of it sometimes.
“The clients get pleasure out of it too, which makes me feel good.”
The student said she had always felt curious about sex work because it was something she wasn’t familiar with.
She was bullied for her looks when she was younger, she added, and doing this job has given her self-esteem and self-confidence, together with allowing her to be open and experiment to see what she likes.
Finding the job online by approaching the massage parlour, Camila had a trial day first.
“They want to make sure the girl is ok and to give you the opportunity to see what it is like,” she continued. “I really enjoyed it.
“I saw 11 clients on that day. All the clients were really lovely and that reaffirmed my decision.
“I was a bit nervous to start off with, I am not going to lie, but I was getting comfortable and I really enjoy it now.
“I feel really empowered by doing it.
“I get complemented left, right and centre – it is not just the clients, it is also the other girls.
“The girls in the industry are all so supportive of each other.”
Camila described most of her clients as respectful and nice, adding they are mostly men but that they also welcome women and couples.
She said she is comfortable with anyone as long as they are not aggressive.
With the age of clients ranging from 18 to their 80s, some customers just want some company and someone to talk to, Camila continued, while others may want to be massaged or be dominated, for instance.
She added: “We have a mixture of regulars and some of the girls will have their own regulars – I have a couple of them myself.”
The sex worker said no day is ever the same as you never know who is going to walk through the door.
Camila said she prefers working double shifts – 16 hours – and normally does a couple a weekdays around her studies.
There are around 10 women working at the massage parlour and she described them as “really lovely and chilled”, adding they all seem comfortable with what they are doing and none have been trafficked.
Camila said the maximum number of women that she has seen working at any one time has been four, but she has also had shifts where she is on her own.
The highest tip she has ever had was £100, Camila said, and she has also had clients who have asked to see her outside work – which she doesn’t do.
Camila said the massage parlour gets to keep 50 per cent of the money, but that any extras or tips are kept by the workers.
Kissing and other sexual acts are classed as extras, she said, and there are some she refuses.
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For Camila, having a safe and comfortable environment while she works is key, with a massage parlour providing her with that and making her feel looked after.
Camila, who said she had a normal childhood and was never abused, said: “It makes me feel safe knowing that there is somebody there to look after me and the other girls.
“I know there is a darker side to it and I know what I have signed up for.
“Things like rape or sexual assault.
“I have been raped as well as sexually harassed and assaulted, but they were all outside work.
“They were mostly in nightclubs and in bedrooms.”
At the massage parlour where she works, the women get their own bedroom and showers, together with a space to watch TV while they wait for clients.
They don’t have security, she continued, but that is not necessary as it is very rare that they have any problems.
Camila said they have had incidents of clients that want to film them, or that hide cameras, which she described as a huge red flag and adding that clients do get banned but that it is very rare they get trouble.
She said that, in the time she has been working there, police have only been to the massage parlour once.
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