Thursday, August 26, 2004

Boost in "Jobs" During GOP Convention?

Blowjobs? Will the Republican Convention be a boon for jobs in New York, at least in the sex industry? It appears there are a couple schools of thought on the issue.

The New York Daily News reports that sex workers are expecting a boon from these conservative guys hitting the big city.

Charging from $300 to upwards of $1,000 for an hour of companionship and a whole lot more, escorts said they can always count on conventioneers for big business.

"It doesn't matter what party you come from," said Robyn Few, a $500-an-hour California call girl who now runs Sex Workers Outreach Project, an advocacy group. "When you want to buy sex, you will."
Newsday, on the other hand, is predicting a slower time for the sex workers in Manhattan, though not because Republican men don't want some illicit nookie.

Juhu Thukral of the Sex Workers Project at the Urban Justice Center in Manhattan, agreed.

"I'm not saying high-priced call girls, who are more discreet, may not want to risk getting arrested, but the risks are going to be quite elevated," Thukral said. "I've actually heard from people working in hotels that they are afraid of getting arrested, while those who are most marginalized, who are on the streets, expect to be arrested more."

A woman who gave her name only as Julie, of Prostitutes of New York, a Manhattan group that fights for better conditions for sex workers, said, "The few studies that have been done on clients of sex workers show that most tend to be middle-aged, white, relatively conservative men and anecdotally, from what I've heard, frequently Republicans, I'm sure."

But sex and the convention?

"It's a myth," Thukral said. "If anything, I think most sex workers are going to be laying low if not leaving town altogether."
Perhaps it would be better if the GOP big Daddies just go down for a class at Miss Vera's Finishing School For Boys Who Want to be Girls. It is my understanding she will be giving special classes in Chelsea during the RNC.