MasterCard and the Sex Industry
NEARLY £9 BILLION - is the amount that UK prostitutes contribute to the UK economy and YES - prostitution and the illegal drug trade are both included in the GDP of the UK
Mastercard put into effect a new policy regulating adult content sellers that makes it extremely hard for sex workers to earn a living online.
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The policy itself imposes strict and invasive requirements on adult content websites using Mastercard's financial services – stigmatizing sex work in ways that disproportionately harm the safety and wellbeing of Black trans women, chilling free speech, and invading people's privacy.
Sex work is work. Period. Together, we can put enough pressure on Mastercard to reverse its unjust and discriminatory policy. I just signed ACLU's petition to do just that –
will you join me?
Take action: aclu.org/mastercard
John Bellamy - as usual - has a comment THE ILLEGAL DRUG TRADE AND PROSTITUTION ARE COUNTED AS PART OF THE UK'S GDP
As the UK's longest established and most successful gay sex worker - until I retired 21 years ago now, I earned most of my income through being the only gay sex worker in the UK - at the time - who took credit cards.
As a self employed masseur and not just someone taking the cash and spending it but paying a mortgage etc... and where I chose to be legal and have a book keeper and accountant and was totally legit - and where not a single other escort at the time did likewise - credit cards protected me from many MANY time wasters, abusers, no shows, and where clients LOVE TO PLAY HEAD TRIPS WITH YOU and not turn up and make fake appointments and this was HUGELY POPULAR amongst a few assholes who thought it funny to 'fuck with the whore ' and waste his time and with luck, destroy his days income.
If nothing else, these time wasters were sad pathetic people jealous and resentful of us stunning, hung like a horse, getting TONS of good sex and the rest of the imagined false fantasy that these assholes hold true, and shows a certain level of jealousy and envy - and if nothing else, ha ha ... I have what you envy and you do not. SO LIVE WITH IT YOU CUNT.
One day right back at the beginning in 1986 and just before I went legit and took cards - I had 6 appointments all in one day not show up - all no shows - all wasting my day until I put my brain in gear and realised it was the same person each time, different name different location coming from but the same person who had deliberately set about messing with my finances - and my head - for the day.
It backfired brilliantly as in the evening I took an ' out call' to the Dorchester Hotel with dinner and a show and a whole evening with a client from America who wanted some company and because I had had a quiet day - cough cough - I was on top form in the evening and had not ' spent ' - and as this was a £500 evening and remember this was back in 1986 - I more than made up for the lost takings the asshole had cost me by tying me up with fake bookings.
At the end of the year I grossed £52,000 and as the average take home wage back then was around £16,000 - who do you think had the last laugh, me or the asshole full of jealousy that wasted his day as well as mine making erroneous phone calls and all because of envy.
This was long before mobiles and caller ID.
HSBC Bank were prosecuted several times for dealing with illegal drug money - and the fine was a pittance of what they actually made ... so one could call it tax.
An old friend years ago was making a fortune as a drug dealer and the tax man knew EXACTLY how he earned his living and took their share - but if he was caught he would get decades in prison while the tax man, guilty of living off illegal income, NOTHING ... yet if this was a wife or partner living off drug money or a partner of a sex worker known as a pimp, jail would be the answer, and a long sentence ;- so our system is hypocritical.
As long as tax is paid the tax man does not care how illegal it is .
And now we have credit card companies - after decades of accepting all the illegal money they can, to start this one up and withhold income from those working hard in the sex industry ?
What an asshole of a company.
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John. I recognised you on 3 In A Bed years ago and have been on your data base for many years and receive your weekly Blog and have never yet visited. I was a client of your decades ago in Hammersmith and remember you with great affection. I worked for B.A. as cabin crew and lived near Heathrow. I also used your escort agency 30PLUS a lot and you may remember me, I don't know. I remember you for always being the best I had ever seen as a sex worker and the friendliest who offered a great professional service. Nothing tacky and the fact you took credit cards back then was a major bonus for me. I have followed your Blog and Diary of Events with such admiration for what you do and how you offer it and am proud to tell people I once knew you and am open and honest about how we first met, as client and sex worker. Now in my late 70's and retired I am living on my memories and a lot of then include you.
Without even realizing it myself, you formed a big part of my emotional and sexual makeup and helped me become who I am today. Thanks for that. You were always one of a kind. Barry.
John: Working late into the evenings at the theatre meant it was late before I finished work yet back in the '80's and '90's you were always available and always cheerful and so pleasant to chat with as well as have sex with and it made for an all round excellent package. Remember you accompanied me to see Phantom one evening ? I visited many awful sex workers and very few ever came close to the service you offered so thanks for that. Brilliant stuff, I was just sorry when you gave it all up to be ' a good boy.' - as we teased at the time... Oh I remember it all. Thanks John. I shall visit one of these days but now in my 80's I find it hard to get around but do carry you in my thoughts, my erotic dreams and my heart. Edward. -----------------------------
John: I would have loved, when I was younger, to be a prostitute but I was always nervous about it and never did. Having read various accounts from your Blog I am glad I did not. It seems to be somewhat destructive work on your soul and I am pleased to read how well you did and how you kept it together whereas so many seem destined to failure after years of big money coming in, end up with nothing at all. The temptation to assume it will always continue and the money will always be there - and drugs and booze - whereas as you say, you paid your mortgage and moved on and through the business and well done you. I am sure there were many left in your wake destroyed by their own shortcomings and in how they mismanaged their income and lifestyle. I admire your dedication to whatever you do. Nigel.
As a gay men who believes in the Power of God and Jesus I do find it appalling how open you are about being a prostitute as if it was some badge of honour or something. I am appalled. If the government does in fact use drug money and hookers income as part of the GDP then I am outraged. The thought that they are building hospitals, homes, schools and infrastructure with drug money or sex money is appalling. It's evil. ~ I am not a fan and would never visit your whores house as I find you disgusting. ( Name withheld and e mail address bounced my answer straight back - not that I give a shit what this guy has to say - as his bigoted ignorance shines through and the two faced lies astound. I am actually VERY PROUD to talk about my past as a sex worker and the Good Lord Jesus loves it when I make people laugh with sex stories that amaze... PLUS - this guy took the time to read a lot on my web site and took the time to e mail after setting up a fake e mail account and all I can say is this man must absolutely LOVE ME to go to such a lot of work, so thanks mate, don't be under any illusion I give a rats ass what you think. You haven't even got the guts to face me and do so anonymously and for that - you have absolutely no respect from me whatsoever. ZERO RESPECT - Now : Any time you want to come and talk with me concerning your thoughts on LGBT - God, Life, Death, Brexit, Covid, Afghanistan, Boris, Trump - anything you like - I am here, I am intelligent and I will help and guide you to being a happier - more rounded person who accepts life, death and the universe for what it is and not for what you want or expect it to be with your half closed vision on reality. In friendship. )
ADORE the way you talk about the sex industry. I am a nurse. Have been for more than 25 years. Busy working with cancer patients. During training I was a telephone sex caller. People would pay me for dirty sexy phone calls and that's how many of us nurses at the time paid to go through medical school to become a nurse. So many nurses who care for you on the NHS do so because they used sex to pay for their training. Not hands on - just phone stuff for me at least. People who have an attitude need to wake up John and see how important to society as a whole - prostitution is and not just the hundreds of millions of £ that goes towards building these hospitals and schools that sex workers contribute towards HUGELY but how it keeps society calm and peaceful as so many men would explode if they could not find some kind of relief and with sexual frustration being behind many abuses, the hookers of the world are the halers. I admire you hugely John and first saw you on 3 INA BED. Top marks. RB
I wonder how many envy you John. Running your own mens naked hotel. Bet you get hate mail. Sad and sorry faggots full of jealousy and resentment. I gave up my gay guest house a long time ago. Boyfriend hated the bitchy queens. Couldn't stand it any longer after 4 years. Struggled to 6 years and gave up, sick of gay men. Sick of mental health nut jobs. Sick of the whole gay scene after that and took a long time to find you and like your way of thinking. Think we match. Well done on 21 years.,.. BUT HOW DO YOU DO IT JOHN ?
You are so ballsy John. Admirable. Never met an escort before and you completely give me a different view of the sex industry to what I had imagined. Thought it was only brainless twerps. You prove me wrong. Highly respect your intellect and opinions. Made me see things differently. Josh