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My early twenties, it is safe to say, were very different to Q’s, the subject of Ruth Jacobs’ Interview With A London Call Girl: In Her Own Words. I saw prostitution, in its many forms, glamourised; my hometown opened its first lapdancing club, Pretty Woman was being hailed as a modern great as it reached the 15th anniversary of its release, and Belle Du Jour’s Diary Of A Call Girl had beeen adapted into a glamourised ITV drama. Just a matter of years earlier, however, in 1998, Ruth Jacobs interviewed Q; an interview which dispels the myth of the “Happy Hooker”.

In Her Own Words is taken from a video interview with Q, and reading through the interview, you can almost imagine Q’s voice, as she talks about her reality of working as a call girl; “You feel like you’ve been raped the first few times” is a quote that I thoroughly believe will be forever imprinted on my own subconscious, replaying every time someone tries to argue about the empowerment of prostitution. Q makes it clear that prostitution is not empowering. You’re lead to worry for Q – the life in prostitution that Q describes is dangerous, no matter how much we try to deny that fact; Q uses the word “rape” six times throughout her interview; a telling trait.
In her email, Ruth informed me that Q is now dead. For this reason, all proceeds from the sale of this short ebook go to “Beyond The Streets”, a charity which seeks to end sexual exploitation. “In Her Own Words” truly is in Q’s own words, as Ruth felt it would be wrong to edit the transcript from the interview without Q’s consent. “Interview With A London Call Girl: In Her Own Words” is 6 pages long and available on Amazon for 77p (99c in US). http://www.amazon.co.uk/Words-Interview-London-Destruction-ebook/dp/B008OALF4S/ref=ntt_at_ep_dpt_1

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