The brothel worker: ‘I regret not working in the sex trade as soon as I got here’
“Sex work had transformed Ah Ling’s life. She had paid off all her debts within a year and was earning £600 a week. Her current aim was to pay for a new house back home for her family, and return after two more years of sex work. At the same time, she admitted there was a high price to pay. “I have to watch out for my health,” she said. “Some of the punters play tricks wi[quote] The brothel worker: ‘I regret not working in the sex trade as soon as I got here’th you and take off the condoms. Four times, punters have ejaculated when their condom was taken off.” “Have you done anything about it?” I asked. “I will. I am going to go for a health check … but I think it’s OK,” Ah Ling said, shrugging and trying to be optimistic. “This kind of thing happens to every xiaojie.” She told me that she frequently gave oral sex without a condom, charging a £10 tip. She didn’t seem to think it was unsafe. Grace [the brothel owner] told customers on the phone that it was available, and certainly never warned the women about the health risks.