WEIGHT: 54 kg
Sex services: Deep throating, Female Ejaculation, BDSM (receiving), Strap-ons, Swinging
As politicians take sides over whether or not prostitution should be legal, an Edinburgh clinic is helping women in the industry stay safe. Dani Garavelli meets some of them.
Examination over, Denise puts her ripped jeans and lumberjack-style shirt back on and chats to Scott. A former bar worker, she stopped selling sex for 18 months, but has started again because she needs the money. She sees one to four men per shift and always uses a condom, but would like to go back on the pill for sex with her boyfriend. But then Scott notices a photograph of a little girl on her phone. Denise says, actually, yes, she has.
Now 11 months old, her daughter Louisa explains her short break from the industry. And also, one assumes, her return to it. Feminists and law-makers are split into two polarised camps: But most of those who attend are simply trying to keep themselves safe and under the radar while earning a living. After Denise, comes Chantelle, another escort, in her mids, who wears heavy make-up and a grey track suit.
British, but of eastern Asian ethnicity, she is worried because a condom has split. She has no pain or discharge, but still wants to be tested. Scott, a small, but formidable woman, has known Chantelle a long time. In another life, she tells me, she used to work in social care. The pair talk about an eyelash course Chantelle plans to go on; but, spread-eagled on the couch, she suddenly becomes evasive.
Like most of the women, she insists she is in control of her life, but, as Scott takes her swabs, she requests a print-out of the results these are usually given over the phone. Police and health home visits to help sex workers. Back in the mids, Scott became concerned about the number of women whose lives were too chaotic for them to make it to a pre-arranged appointment at the general sexual health clinic so she put pressure on NHS Lothian to set up this one.