Friday, October 30, 2009

How to Spot a Gigolo

Friday, October 30, 2009
"In a world of children in bikinis and grandmothers in fuck-me boots, the surest way to tell a prostitute is to look for the woman in the designer suit." -- Belle de Jour

Best. Quote. EVER.

In a moment of utter shock, I found that my parents had rented the first season of ITV's Secret Diary of a Call Girl. When I questioned them about it, they said that it came recommended on their Netflix account, probably because they're also fans of shows such as Nip/Tuck and, in my mother's case, Sex and the City.

Little do they know that their son is a whore as well. Still, seeing the DVDs and remembering Belle's quote got me thinking -- is there a similar way to spot a gigolo? Indeed, I think there is.

Of course, no method if completely fool-proof. Even so, I'd say the surest way to spot a gigolo is to look for a young man (between twenty-two and thirty, let's say), dressed in a suit and tie, accompanying an older woman. The suspected gigolo will be attentive and charming, often smiling and leaning in intently as he makes an effort to really listen to what the woman has to say.

Should the woman and her escort then disappear from the hotel bar or restaurant, that's a surefire sign that the man is working. Whether it's into a cab or -- most of all -- to the elevators, one can safely assume that the woman is paying a man for sex.

It's funny that people don't notice these things more often. Escorting is more prevalent than even the most cynical people could imagine. Sex work is everywhere, folks. And with the advent of the internet, I believe it's only going to grow -- becoming more popular than ever before.

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