By Elizabeth Swan onConcerning or relating to what is right and wrong in human behavior based on what you think is right and good http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/moral When people have attacked me in the past about my job there is one sentence that is used more than any other. “She has no morals.” Sometimes it wouldn't be spoken out loud but expressed in a more underhand manner. Female friends would keep me away from male members of their family for example. I find this SO odd because the one thing that all sex workers have in common is that we are PAID for our time. The clue, should these numptys choose to look, is in the word WORK. If we aren't getting paid we have fuck all interest in shagging/beating/dancing (for) the men in your family. In fact I would say that fathers are far safer in my hands at a party than with a woman who is bored in her job, horny because she can't orgasm when she's working, and is more impressed with the money this imaginary dad has. I don't give a fiddly fuck what money men have. I couldn't care less if they have a boat, houses/castles around the world and a diamond encrusted bog (sorry, lavatory). I have always wanted to earn my own money and to never be owned by a man. I would say the same is true of all my friends who work in the same industry. I used to run creative workshops for a group of outdoor sex workers. These women were fuckin’ tough. They had to be to survive. Anyway one day we are talking about hypocrisy. I asked what they thought of gold diggers/trophy wives. The response was interesting. At first the common consensus was that they were lucky. They only had to have sex with one man and they could buy whatever clothes and jewellery they wanted. But then after a while one woman pointed out that they would have to be on call ALL THE TIME. With a man they didn't love 24/7. In the end they agreed that they were better off as THEY were. Ten minutes with a john and then they could continue living their own life with their own friends until they needed money again. And yet society as a whole treats street sex workers with disgust. They don't want to think about them and if they are confronted with them on their street they have council meetings so they can rid their streets of the 'problem'. Here's a thought. Before buying your fuckin’ overpriced house why don't you look at the street at night. If there are already sex workers there you have NO RIGHT to move in and then complain. In an ideal world outdoor workers should be able to work inside but with our wonderful Metropolitan police force closing places down left, right and centre in a bid to rid their city of trafficking, women are forced to work outside. Trafficking my arse. Remember when they raided all the flats in Soho and dragged the women out in their underwear in front of the media? The only charge in the end was for stolen goods. Trafficking does exist but not in the places that the Met like to raid. It's no coincidence that most raids are on a Friday or Saturday night when a brothel has the most money on the property. They take whatever money they can find, whether from the manager or from the girls. If you have more than 500 pounds on you they can take it under the Proceeds Of Crime Act. Then the force gets a share of this money. I think it is about 30% but unsurprisingly it is difficult to get the accurate figure from police websites. It is state controlled pimping and it is outrageous. Which brings me back to the subject of morals. Those people that look down on us are the people who are raiding us, having meetings to get us moved to another street, who drop us as friends and who don't care if a few sex workers die in their pursuit to bring about criminalisation. Well if that's what having morals is, you can fuckin’ keep ‘em.