Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Episode 8: In Five Years

A cliche question the reporters in those glossy women magazine ask when interviewing 'an achiever' is "Where do you see yourself in five years?" . And the cliche answer for the career women being interviewed is " I want to be living my dreams, running my own business". Well that is the right PR answer, masking the real one which could have elements of fear, greed and adultery.

Such women think it would show a lack of ambition and character to say they would still like to be working for the same company, in the same position or a slightly higher one.  But despite what the women say there  would be nothing wrong in working for the same company for five years; indeed in the formal companies the longer you stay the higher you rise, and the more your pay.

In our trade on the streets; the opposite happens; Your value decreases as your experience increases.Quoting five years experience is a turn off. Many a girl gets to prostitution telling themselves they wont do it for more than a few months, maybe six,  save some money, start a business , hit it big in some way or get a 'proper' job. But a year goes and another still on the street. The optimal experience is about a year; when one is no longer surprised by the antics of men and all the inhibitions are gone. After a year there is  a plateau and then the downward curve starts.

And this is not tied to age. If a girl hit the streets at the age of 18, in two years she will be 20 but  streetwise she will be older than the girl who started at 23, and has been at it for five months. Somehow men are able to tell the difference, and the more you stay on the street the fewer men  pick you. Eventually you fade away, drop out of the street or change tactic.  The obvious way to do the latter is to go downtown, to cheap brothels and bars; where you charge a tenth of your fees uptown. But its not a free ride down there;Duruma road and Latema are over flowing with fresh girls every day. Good Hope along River Road still offers some hope but there is something really boring about sitting on your chair, in a minis skirt , legs wide open waiting for a man to wink at you.

Of course there are girls who have been here for the five years. As to why they have been in the business that long they don't talk but something is usually miss with them, a thing I cant really explain. However one thing is absolutely clear; their view of men is on the lowest side. To them, men are  pigs, as some writer said.

In my opinion such girls sound so disillusioned because they are not able to justify the long time they have been on the street. To keep your head up in this business you need to justify , to yourself, all your 'awkward ' actions. So where will I be in five years; Going by the magazine cliche answers I should be a pimp. But the truth is I actually don't know. I might still be here, if that happens I will say " I think  sex is over rated. I have been trying to search for the real pleasure in sex". Certainly a holy grail more elusive than the actual Holy Grail.

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21 comments:

  1. Lovely writing skills Sue. Keep us, the morally upright folk, updated on the goings-on in the underworld. We shall continue to lobby for legalization of your trade, so that Kenya can earn much needed taxes, and help in the realization of that Vision.

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  2. @ Anonymous. Haha of course the Vision can't be achieved if we don't pay taxes....I have mixed thoughts about legalization..Hope to write about is some day..Keep reading

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  3. I agree with anonymous, there aren't enough comments on this blog yet, but its fascinating reading, and in interesting insight from the other side of the fence from what I've seen on visits to Kenya/Nairobi.

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  4. Me again - can you do a blog on the girls working from hotel bars.

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  5. There is so much potential here for one as 'hard-working' as yourself... Nude Art, Call girl, Phone Sex Operator, Webcam model, Escort, Madam, Brothel Owner. For what its worth you could write a book, sell your writings for audio-visual production.
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  6. wow! great insights and 'work of fiction'. Madam Sue, Of course it is clear you are not a prostitute as you portray urself to be! May be you are but it doesn't feel like. just a girl having fun with words and imagination. good work!

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  7. Haha.Prostitutes are supposed to be silly . Right? Sue, come out in the open and prove the skeptics wrong..

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  8. Did anonymous just say, "It's me again?" That tickled.
    Any attempt to get Sue off the streets will be met with stiff (cool word for a sex blog, eh?) opposition from my end up to and including and in no way limited to hijacking all your servers. Aiy sed it!
    For the stiff (*smile*) how about assuming that Sue is in the 2nd year of her studies in theoretical physics and Koinange is a means of paying her way through it all. At this point of my growing addiction, I can't imagine letting such a thing as lack of imagination getting in the way of my enjoying this blog.

    To Sue, delivar us moar.

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  9. Sue read a really great book by Paulo Coehlo Eleven Minutes- its first line, unlike our fairy tales start, Once upon a time, there lived a prostitute.

    u will luvit!

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  10. you are wonderful

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  11. Sue...I enjoy your choice of words. Quite a thrill to read. .

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  12. Hi Sue,I wish you can compose all these writing and come up with a book. I love reading your literature and i think you are great. Also comment on those girls in the street who are thhieves and work with gangs of thieves...they give client the so called muchele and then hanisha everything they can beba from their houses.

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  13. The thing about those prostitutes who have been on the streets for 5yrs is that it shows on their faces, kind of like the hard rough hands of a construction worker.They have experienced all kinds of shit, from the abuse of kanjo who haul them onto the lorry for a free quickie to the mean bastard who picks them up and doesnt pay me. Yes their pain is evident on their faces, their disgust, hate and rage.There isnt any new line they can buy except to tell the men who pick them up...ripa mbere ya kura...

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  14. everyone been telling Sue to up her profession to something bigger but clearly as this chapter illustrates, she is not abt to do so;), She is humble like that. But dada, I know writing is your kind of thing and not trading flesh...Ukweli uwongo????

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  15. Thanks Sue for being candid. Those who live behind fences have heard it first hand.

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  16. as for Good Hope club, before it was burnt down, most of the women were curvaceous, old, vulgar speaking, sweat smelling, smokers. Damn I'll miss the joint.

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  17. You are great. I can leave in Karen and sell pussy talk without removing your thong.

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  18. u r a good writer babe...

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