Monday, May 9, 2011

Episode 28: Sue - More Than Just Sex

Competition in our industry has become very stiff. The competition has been driven by an oversupply of the services we offer. This is not necessarily because more girls are joining the trade but more as a result of having a few of the trade's stabilizing dynamics disrupted. A key variable in our industry is time. The fact that there are girls who only operate during the day, and others during the night makes sure there are only enough of us at any particular moment. With the introduction of the alcohol law which requires bars to be opened at 5pm during weekdays and 2pm on weekends, the timing has been messed up with. There are tens of girls who used to operate from different bars in the city during the day. Now they have to reschedule their work hours, burdening the night.

Distribution has also been upset. This has to do with spread of the girls in different parts of the city. When a den is permanently closed it affects distribution because girls move to other open venues, which might be in a different side of town. The area around Luthuli Avenue and River Road has served a crucial role in balancing the downtown and uptown Nairobi prostitutes allotment. But in the last few months misfortunes have been hitting that area. It started with the closing down of Eden which I hear has been turned to a shopping complex by the new money in town, then Good Hope burnt down. Some hardened girl who changed base to the street the other day, told me Safaricom House was closed a week or so ago. This is not the one along Waiyaki Way but the alias of a lodging cum brothel along Luthuli Avenue.

There are now more girls coming to the Koinange side of town. Most are not newbie but toughies shifting base .The immediate effect has been to exert a downward pressure on price. But what I find to be a more grave consequence of the influx (never mind that’s where I started) is the loss of what was left of the Koinange panache: the impression that we girls on the street are cleaner, more decent, open minded and sophisticated than the girls downtown; but still with the prostitute feel which most of the girls in up market brothels have lost. Pretence is a crucial part of our business on the street. Pretending to have swag even when in real sense its non existent. The faking commands better prices and helps protect the image of the street. The toughies from downtown are brutal in their dealings, dressing, talk and negotiations making nonsense of the economies of location.

On the other hand there are some few fresh girls who have joined us. These are the extremes of the downtown girls. They have so much style, its intimidating. Whereas the rest of us still call men honey, sweetie and babe, the new girls are using words normally using new pet names of Pretty, Sweetness and the likes. Words common everywhere, but the street. Two of them, suave and young sell themselves as a package, so that a man cannot pick one and leave the other. And that at a discounted price. I feel such girls should not be along Koinange, but some lane in Westlands, Parklands, Kileleshwa or some other such place. That is a hint of the tension that is starting to build here. There are those of us who feel we own the street, and we ought to chase all these new comers and reclaim our fast fading glory.

I have to admit that I have not been very innovative when it comes to selling myself. I just parade, smile, mention a word here or there and hope a man will pick. More or less it worked. Nowadays though, the magic seems to have gone. As concerns my marketing efforts starting this blog is the most innovative thing I have done. And though I have generated business from it, I have to confess its always awkward, uneasy and a little complex for both the man and me. Bet it’s because I feel such men know so much about me that I don’t fully relax. The men for a reason or another don't seem at ease. Though I didn’t want my brand just to be only about sex for cash, I have to overcome those shortcoming and reservations; be easy and make my readers at ease as to enjoy sessions with me. (I will write more about this when I do a post reviewing my brand building efforts in the last four months.)

Meanwhile I have to be innovative on the street. I toyed with the idea of role playing dressing. You know I dress like a nurse or policewoman. The nurse seems exciting and I will see what to do about it. The other idea is to offer a package; something more than sex. For instance sex and talk. Where sex is accompanied by a tell it all session. Previously I have smoothly been able to make men talk about their work, fear, hopes, and problems. While men may not take my suggestions I note they feel good when I listen and seem genuinely interested in their lives. But the short time between a car stopping and a man picking me is not enough to let a man know that I will offer sex and a listening ear. I am thinking of printing business cards with my number, email, website and catchy slogan of what I offer. Sue: More Than Just Sex or Sue: The listening pleasure...something in those lines..

A major marketing hitch in my kind of business is that word of mouth doesn’t seem to work. I have never slept with a man who has been referred to me by another man. I suspect some men don’t want to be known they sleep with prostitutes, which is okay, while others want to spare the marvelous prostitute for them.
Getting repeat customers can also be problematic. Not long ago after a very good session with a man, I said to him."Will you come back to me ?"

"Why should I? he asked.

"I thought you enjoyed"

"I did, but I don't visit a prostitute twice."

I smiled. But it hurt.



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39 comments:

  1. Try the marketing strategy it will work since evrythn starts by an idea n ends up in a multibillion industry bt stay safe hakuna kuchwadho bila juala sawa?

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  2. Print business cards,,with your phone number and floating an e-mail address is a little ambitious.Unless of course you want to create a hub for stalkers.I may pitch an idea that probably you start an escort services site and let "SUE" be the moderator.Your brand I'm sure is already in the public domain.I'm not aware of the legal feasibility of that but believe me men who read this blog do tell other men and many are a pair of gonads shy of showing up on the street maybe a ride could be the limiting factor.
    Or even make house calls.{I'm just saying}
    Otherwise good piece as always.

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  3. sue is it true uve been fucked many times than you ve urinated. umeisha kama mkundu wa nyani. hehe

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  4. Refreshing................

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  5. Business cards?!!! c'mon, the only way that can get you somewhere is only when Sue becomes a pimp and has an escort business and provides GIRLS and not just her, let's take the rule of business cards, say you make 3000 cards and distribute them in 60 days, now you expect that out of 30 cards you will get one call, so for the 3000 cards that's 100 calls, now what if they all call in one week? i don't know where you're from but from my logic, Sue can't service 100 men in a week, and if a man calls the 1st time and can't get ahold of sue, then you def know that he ain't calling again.

    that's just impractical.

    once again, nice work sue
    wonderman

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  6. the idea of starting an escort service biz is the best.Yuv already built a brand name n am sure alot of guys would trust ladies from your parlour if the reactions i get to hear from guys who read your blog are anything to go by.Great stuff.

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  7. hey sue. watching you grow in your work, keep it up...

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  8. Sue, I'm so glad you started getting ads on your page!

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  9. Sue...Now that guys said you did a lousy job writing abut legalization, you post 2 extra posts in a week? Be yourself, piss off people. Washana nao, bure tu...

    And I see you have posted your social media contacts here too..nice

    Yuri

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  10. Haiya kumbe u accept readers for clients ...I contacted u when u were just starting the blog n u declined ....wacha nijaribu tena ....easiest K's youll ever make...that is if I'll even manage to get my weenie up...he always fail me...damn.

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  11. "I did, but I don't visit a prostitute twice." Talk about serious commitment issues. Yet am sure at the end of the day when he is about to fall asleep he still wonders why he is alone!!!!

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  12. Suebaby, You need to hire girls and open your own brothel, and take a percentage. Like Heidi Fleiss. Offer organizational and upscale business skills to this game. You could train the girls in your conversational skills, and bring a certain level of class and sophistication to this game, and get it off the street. Maybe into an office in the CBD. An escort service. With a scheduling website and a phone receptionist. Just for conversational purposes only. No sex. Unless of course the girls strike side-deals with the client. And you collect your 20% from them whether to do, or they don't (in other words, they had better).

    You have to elevate this game to the next level if you want to stay relevant. You have to see past your own P.

    Anonymister

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  13. And no cash! MPesa, Credit Cards, and Paypal, discreetly billed as "K Street Stationery & Business Services".

    Bring this into the 21st century ma!

    Anonymister

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  14. Suebaby, You need to hire girls and open your own brothel, and take a percentage. Like Heidi Fleiss. Offer organizational and upscale business skills to this game. You could train the girls in your conversational skills, and bring a certain level of class and sophistication to this game, and get it off the street. Maybe into an office in the CBD. An escort service. With a scheduling website and a phone receptionist. Just for conversational purposes only. No sex. Unless of course the girls strike side-deals with the client. And you collect your 20% from them whether to do, or they don't (in other words, they had better). And no cash! MPesa, credit cards, and PayPal (discreetly billed as K-Street Stationers and Business Services).

    You have to elevate this game to the next level if you want to stay relevant. You have to see past your own P.

    Anonymister

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  16. Written like a true marketer. Take advantage of the influx of sellers and pick and choose the best. Judging from the response when you mentioned that you "had" some readers, create a site where you can sell not just yourself but the other girls. This can be at a premium and your brand grows. I'm sure guys would not have a problem refering the site... Lovely post as always...

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  17. Love this blog.. You are gonna make me go back to my old habit..

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  18. You have a polished english, u'd do very well in research writing and make lots of cash try http://uvocorp.com . I like you though and the interesting posts. Am sure you would make it in a lot of things. I pray tht God keeps u safe. Take care

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  19. Branding...business card might not be the way to go. Picture hysterical wife/ gf finding your contacts followed by bitch calls, hatched schemes then an acid attack. Role play should work and naughty school girl should be a serious consideration, especially as most men want something young they they can control, have fun and whine to. Otherwise, excellent as always and for me the more you write, the brighter my week. Thanks for sharing.

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  20. U need an office in the CBD, where you can do this thing upscale, where girls get their checkups like you, and you teach them how to keep themselves safe and clean. You need to get other girls working for you while you take a percentage. Teach them how to conversate like you. You need to start succession planning. Escort services. You take a cut of any "side deals" the girls have with clients.

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  21. please drop an email to bosireb@yahoo.com i will give you the way forward and together we shall grow. i do know they say that trust like virginity breaks once, but please get in touch

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  22. What happened to the award that you were nominated for?

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  23. muzungu perspective: print business cards, advertise on adultfriendfinder and other sites, create an account of afrointroductions, craigslist etc. Have the foreign men come to you and pay big so you can chillax at home. You book the appointments before they even set foot in Kenya. Most women on the coast have multiple boyfriends in multiple countries sending multiple wire transfers. put an add on xpatlink for "exotic massage".. it takes more than a 20 minute session for us.

    I have never paid for sex but this is what I have noticed in my research.

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  24. muzungu again...one more thing, Offer a range of services... see which ones click, which ones you prefer/enjoy(?) and then specialize. I have heard the real money is in porn... don't ever let a foreigner guy tape you without some serious money up front.

    My first recommendation would be for you to leave the industry and get involved in prevention efforts... try to consider that. Take care and be careful for God's sake.

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  25. Hey Sue! You are pushing it! Really!! Right this moment you are on Aljazeera Stream; Live! Without any voice distortion! Fuck! What is wrong with your head? What the fuck is wrong with you? Lucky for me I can't recognize your voice coz have never met you, but how many are the guys here in Kenya that will recognize your voice?

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  26. smart gal > hope not too late. pliz dont do that again for you sake

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  27. Now this is a bad B!tch i swear.
    Anyway by biznezz card aint bad idea bt to me sounds 50|50

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  28. Out of curiosity, you are no longer publishing...has the fuel prices affected you too......hhmm
    Every morning am eager to see a new piece from you but nothing has been forth coming.
    But having been a literature student, I appreciate your creativity and your originality, you are just brilliant lack of a better word. KUDDOS

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  29. Your coherent english amazes me
    I should be ashamed for assuming that your english would be poor or that you would not be as educated simply because I ignorantly associate prostitution with poverty and ignorance.
    I am honestly compelled and intrigued that despite the fact that you speak so well, you are in this 'business'
    You do sound like a strong girl and obviously you have your reasons for doing this but please find a way to leave as soon as you can

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  30. well,well...u knw every business goes through it's phases...there is the start-up phase when what matters most is getting the sales going...then when you break into the market,you realize just how saturated it is and you have to get ahead-the marketing phase..and then ,having won over a few customers, you are obliged to give premium services...well, welcome to the nightmare...hopefully you take this up with a personal brand hotshot...maybe even a new-generation pimp...but the whole idea of business cards will not work in the streets (how long do you think hez going to go before he throws it out of the car-i wouldnt, of course)...or maybe you need to relocate...ask Ruto,hez been doing it fot years now...relocate...
    PS:the issue of customer loyalty is quite tricky ryt..?i mean,what do you offer thatz different..?and hau many dudes talk about their escapades with CSWs..?anywaz,no one said itz gonna be easy....

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  31. You can absolutely take this to whatever level you desire. I think it's up to you to dream the impossible then go out and achieve it. Business cards would be great and so would actually being that one-hour companion. I just came off reading an article about the Tiger woods saga by Vanity Fair and I think you would find it quite informative. More so, the kind of character that drove Tiger Woods to his eventual self-destruction - http://www.vanityfair.com/culture/features/2010/05/tiger-woods-article-full-201005

    Enjoy, and let me know what you think!

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  32. How u gon be a whore and have a business card??Thats like being a whore and having a business card..haha

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  33. i just love it when guys commenting in this blog are like.."U can do it", "You can absolutely take this to whatever level you desire"..like your trying to save her or worse wife her.Like that is going to redeem you as a human being.

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  34. Hehe... Punk biach trying to be all innovative and shit, but fact remains she is in this business coz she failed to take care of her man and was kicked out. What d'you think, no one ever noticed her before she was a whore? She probably has two kids sitting at home eating from the floor while she peddles her puntang' off to rich muthafuckaz. Our mom's get food on the table whore. And they don't sell shit they were born with. They neither have the bad record and some even put up houses for whores like you. You should have learnt how to love and support your man. If not the first, the second one, or the last one. No one will ever trully love you except your child ma', so stop killing you both slowly inside. You must have saved up alot by now. Get a good venture and leave that dreaded city. Some of us lived the life and paid for your services now and then and left you in that stinking brothel, and never returned. Still we think of it and grin, or pinch the nose while we reminisce about how nasty that moment was. Little momma, learn something new. Go fullswing into blogging and researching for academic students, or even writing exotic pieces online while you recall all those erotic moments. Recreate them in writing and call it Sue's recollections. We will pay or buy in the masses while you sit in the office. Soon enough, your loser of a baby daddy will read about you and an editor and publisher will publish your diaries. You got it hon. Try it. You are going to drop off the sex scene like a dead fly. Let the young enthusiasts destroy themselves at it. You pick yourself up and get something out of your experience. For starter's, go online and start by registering as an erotic author on odesk. You will always have good contracts from clients who are willing to pay loads in dollars. Next thing you know, your good grammar skills and erotic memories will be your source of income from the house. You will get to blog as you wish, spend time with your loved ones, build your own brand, see your kids grow, and shop using your newly acquired visa case. Try it; See how it goes. Seeing as I don't visit a sex blog twice, I'll never know if you tried it. I have my own dating site and an affiliate marketing company online where I receive resumes from contractors worldwide. I'll teach you how it works if you get the time. Customwriting.writing@gmail.com

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