Ask an escort; Kerry is a teenage escort in Lewisham:

She is always dressed in sexy lingerie and offers a complete girlfriend experience from her own flat on Lewisham Hill. Kerry is just one of many teen Lewisham escorts who told us, ‘I see a lot of married men as clients, I think married men visit escorts because they want variety, especially guys in their fifties, they want to be with a teenage escort to feel young again. Having sex with a teenage escort is a thrill for a middle-aged man, being massaged by a young escort, feeling her perky tits and tight pussy is something that some guys can only get by paying for an escort.’

As a feminist, I find myself asking why women find themselves in this position in the first place. How could working as an escort in Lewisham represent your best chance at financial security? Well, when faced with childcare difficulties, lack of qualifications and an incredibly low living wage, the independence which sex work offers must appear like a lifeline to some women. How the government could see fit to take legal action against these women for grasping their only lifeline is perplexing. Criminalising sex work is never going to stop sex workers or their clients, it will only leave sex workers more vulnerable, more unwilling to ask for help, and therefore unable to break the cycle.

Why do married men visit Lewisham escorts? It is estimated that 3 million men visit an escort in the UK at least once a month, a high percentage of those men that visit UK escorts will certainly be married men, in fact, many escorts claim that ninety per cent of their clients are married. Is it because married men are dissatisfied with their wives, or is it that men just like to visit escorts and see no harm to their marriage? The answer is complex and one that their wives will probably never understand.

What do the clients of Lewisham escorts say?

Tom, a regular client of several escorts in Greenwich said,’ I’ve been visiting escorts for years, at least twice a month. The great thing about London escorts is the variety, here in South East London, escorts change all the time. Some Deptford massage flats have two or three girls working on any given day, sometimes I want a mature escort, sometimes a teen escort and other times I just take pot luck. The thing is whether you want a Brazilian escort in Lewisham or an Asian escort in Catford, the London escort scene has something for everyone. I never feel guilty about visiting London escorts, it doesn’t affect the way I feel about my wife, it’s just something that men do, I don’t see any harm in it at all.

JL, lives in New Cross,  Living here is a dream, within a mile radius of where I live I can visit Thai escorts in Catford, black escorts in New Cross, teen escorts in Deptford or Blonde escorts in Dulwich, with any combination in between. If the mood takes me there are dozens of local massage girls that I can visit and choose from ten or more girls, what guy wouldn’t want that on their doorstep. The one rule I have is that I never see an escort twice, I always go to a different girl, for me that is how I keep my marriage safe, if I became a regular client to an escort in Lewisham that would feel like cheating on my wife, so for me I always shop around and I have no problem with any feelings of guilt.

Michael is 70, his wife is 67, ‘For me going with prostitutes in Lewisham is something I’ve been doing for years, even though at my age people may say I should know better, for me it is the highlight of my week. I’ve been married for 42 years to the same woman and although we do still have sex, occasionally, I still have the desire to be with a younger girl. I search for escorts in Lewisham and usually find some very pretty and sexy adultwork escorts, I contact them by phone, tell my wife I’m going for a swim at the local pool and make my way to a massage flat where my lust can be satisfied. My favourite type of escort is a girl in her mid-twenties, they are usually very experienced and understand the needs of an older gentleman. I like to have the girlfriend experience with an escort in Old Kent Road or sometimes escorts in Brockley are very good at making me feel like a king for a couple of hours. It spices up my marriage and my wife always gets a bunch of flowers or a box of chocolates on the way back, so everyone is happy.’

Sex is a vulnerable, messy, fun, totally legal experience shared by two consensual adults. Until there is a monetary exchange. Should we now just decriminalise sex work? Sex work is criminalized in the vast majority of countries and portrayed as both a human rights violation and one of the most ancient lasting forms of female degradation. It is an issue which has proven time and time again to split opinion and cause tempers to flare. Ultimately, if sex work is consensual sex then the idea that it is in some way criminal behaviour is ludicrous. The main problem arises then over the usage of that word. Consensual. Does an invitation to sex mean consent? Does an invitation to sex when it is the only way a single mother can afford to feed her family for a week mean consent?
The English Collective of Prostitutes who campaign for the de-stigmatisation and de-criminalisation of sex work explains on their website that they are mostly mothers attempting to provide for their children. It is important to acknowledge that a proportion of sex workers count themselves as empowered, choosing to follow this career path with pride. However, this attitude is not representative of the majority. The fundamental issue is austerity and the lack of compassion and support for young women in poverty. Struggling women are forced into hiding all over the world due to the criminal status of their work. Living in fear of being caught, sex workers will often avoid seeking medical care or reporting sexual crimes. On top of this, sex workers can feel powerless and unsupported in relation to their clients. The threat of being reported can be enough to make a sex worker feel that they must do as the client asks, a common example being clients insisting on having unprotected sex. An even more awful truth is that some corrupt police officers with knowledge of a sex workers Lewisham have been recorded using this information as blackmail in order to elicit sex.
There is an option between criminalisation and decriminalisation called The Nordic Model. This method criminalises the purchase of sex only, meaning that sex workers can live without fear of prosecution. However, the English Collective of Prostitutes state on their website that criminalisation of sex work of any form will force women underground and therefore into danger. On top of this, reducing the clientele of a sex worker has the potential to force them to seek alternative employment. It's not unreasonable to suggest that having to spend time with clients who are already engaged with criminal behaviour could lead to this alternative employment being associated with drugs.