Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Law & Order SVU: Folly

Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Thanks to the wonderful "Watch Instantly" feature on Netflix, I've been catching up with some old episodes of Law & Order Special Victims Unit, one of my favorite shows. Christopher Meloni and Mariska Hargitay are outstanding in their roles, and the inventive plots, sharp writing and stellar performances from the supporting cast add to the overall quality of the program.

When browsing through the episodes available on Netflix, I noticed one episode entitled "Folly". It dealt with the serial murders of male escorts in New York City. It appeared that a gigolo would meet a woman at the hotel bar, get her room key, then meet her upstairs for sex. After the deed was done, however, this poor guy would end up dead -- usually from blunt-force trauma to the head.

I won't give away any more plot details, but needless to say the episode was a bit chilling. I'll admit I rarely think about physical violence while working; seeing how most of my clients are half my size, it just doesn't seem realistic that any of them could overpower me. That being said, escorting isn't without its risks, which is why safety is always paramount.

First off, a good agent will screen all clients. Should an escort report any ill behavior, that client will most likely be dropped. Furthermore, there are boundaries that both parties -- escort and client -- must set up beforehand. As I wrote before, I don't partake in any violent sex play. For one, I'm just not aroused by it, and secondly, it would be far too easy for things to get out of hand.

I'm also suspicious of any man that wants to watch his wife have sex with another man. True, I was introduced to the business via a request for voyeurism, but that doctor wanted to watch Rebecca and I have sex with each other, not his wife. Again, plenty of escorts might not mind having sex with one partner while the other watches, but that sort of thing just seems odd to me.

There were a few unrealistic things about the episode, mainly that some of these escorts (all of whom worked with female clients) had been arrested for prostitution before, mainly from undercover sting operations. Sure, there are plenty of female escorts who get arrested this way, but usually that's because they're either street walkers or simply careless about screening potential clients.

And on a somewhat sexist note, I doubt law enforcement much cares about men who have sex with women. Now, men who have sex with men is another story. All isn't equal in the eyes of the law, and cops are known to partake in operations that are really thinly-veiled vendettas against gays. Homophobia, plan and simple -- at least that's what Adam says. Just another reason he works with women and not men.

So as the weather continues to be hot and humid here in Miami, I'm sure I'll be watching more episodes soon. While rape is certainly disturbing, watching people bring those responsible to justice makes for compelling programming.
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