The aftermath of the deadly virus, an Escort Sex Worker in Kuala Lumpur share with us her heartbreaking story.
Estelle ( Not her real name ), has worked as an escort for the past 10 years in Kuala Lumpur City Center; carefully building relationships with her clients.
But the spread of Covid-19 and the need for social distancing has prompted a ban on sex work, leaving her worried those efforts will go to waste. “It’s fair to say that if I’m not working for six months, a lot of people are going to forget me,” she says. “I can’t contact my clients and just have a conversation with them. That doesn’t work in my industry. We need to build intimacy and that’s just not possible in the current environment.” Before the coronavirus outbreak, Estelle says she was earning an above-average income, and had hoped to soon pay off the mortgage on her home in Damansara Utama; a place about 45 minutes from Kuala Lumpur City Center.
At present, almost all her savings throughout her Escorting days are almost empty. Trying to adapt just like everybody else, she tried to move her business online. But in the virtual world, seduction does not work as swift as with physical contact. There are just something that can’t be replace with another, i guess we all do agree.
Sex Services in Kuala Lumpur, the government does not has a clear indication of the activities. We heard cracking down of dens , brothel but still many are booming up like mushrooms during pre-Covid season.
While we can see the regional government making plans, trying numerous ways to have the countries economic disaster back on her feet; there had been no plans at all for those in Escorting or more likely a Sex Service worker.
That uncertainty of not knowing is eating up he alive; “I’m scared that all my work will come back to zero and I will just have to start hustling like I did when I first started out,” Estelle says. Government do lend out a helping hand; but in order to qualify for that, a wage earner need to prove they had been paying taxes. As a Sex Worker for decades, paying taxes has not been her priorities just yet.
That’s the problem Sex Workers facing not only in Malaysia, but throughout the world. Government do tried to do their parts but sadly sex worker were deem as a discarded society.