When there comes a time that we retire, with our skills we may still do some work as mental coach, psycho analyst or social worker. Although it may be wise not to disclose the origin of our skills.
Prostitution has been legalized in the Netherlands and some other countries. However, for many situations it does not seem to make any difference other than not getting arrested for conducting sex work. Still there are banks and institutions who refuse any kind of service to you as a person with ties to the sex industry.
An asset of many sex workers is, in my opinion, the will to survive. This is developed during many years of emotional and sometimes physical self-defence and standing up for your rights. So, with some creativity, improvisation, and power to convince – which essentially is our job – we can come a long way. All that is left is the nagging feeling of being discriminated by our own country and fellow citizens. In the end we choose to accept in order not to let it control our lives or well-being.
From a personal point-of-view it is my private life that proves more challenging. Starting to work as a sex worker will tell you which of your friends and acquaintances are for real. You may choose to completely hide your line of work and lead a double life. It is often seen that a pro-forma job is used to have a ready answer to questions from your direct surroundings. There are many fake nurses. A handy choice because of the possibility to do night shifts. But then there are waitresses , bartenders, dancers or office personnel in companies noone ever heard of. Or you can have a small meaningless freelance job which you present as being your main source of income.