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Vogue Williams on prostitution, Big Brother and Irish pride

You can read Vogue every week in the Sunday World
You can read Vogue every week in the Sunday World

I always envisioned a sex worker as a scary person at the side of the road that you would never want to be in contact with.

That was until I met Charlotte.

My job allows me to go to amazing places, but what I love the most is the people I get to meet. 

One of those was Charlotte Rose, a sex worker. I’ve never met a sex worker before and I was literally bursting with questions for her.

I didn’t know what she would be like and I certainly didn’t think I would strike up a friendship with her – but we instantly clicked. 

I wondered could I possibly be friends with a sex worker? Then I actually felt guilty for even asking that question.

Who am I to judge someone else’s career? The only reason I wouldn’t be friends with her was because I wouldn’t want people to think that was my job too. I feel mean even writing that. 

Charlotte has been a sex worker her whole life and her children are aware of her career too.

She seems to have non-stop business, and although she has a partner, her work doesn’t get in the way  – because she told me sex with her partner is nothing like sex with someone for money. She earns £160 an hour and she told me that I could charge £800 an hour, I nearly spat my drink out when I heard that, I mean that’s an awful lot of money!

She can meet men for drinks and then they would go to her apartment she rents for work to have sex. 

She recently moved from Nottingham to London but quite regularly travels back to Nottingham for her special clients.

These clients are disabled in different ways, and she has been seeing them for a number of years. 

Northern Ireland recently made paying for sex illegal, and although it’s not illegal in Ireland, it is illegal to operate a brothel or solicit on the street.

I think it should be legalised and monitored, it’s an incredibly dangerous job and regardless of if it’s illegal or not, it still goes on, so would it not be better to ensure that the girls are safe?

Even more importantly it would help reduce trafficking of women, which seems to be getting worse and worse at the moment.

Charlotte campaigns for it to be made legal, it’s a dangerous job and she really feels that by legalising it, it will be made safer. In Amsterdam it’s legal to buy sex, and it seems to work ok over there.

Whether or not prostitution is legal or illegal, it will continue until the end of time….it is after all the world’s oldest profession.

Charlotte was incredibly smart and funny, I swapped numbers with her so maybe I will go for that drink, although I did get the feeling that even on a night out, she would always have her working face on.

I’m obsessed with Big Brother, I love all mindless TV like that to be honest. 

When I’m watching TV, I just want to chill. Vincent Brown would be too much for me to cope with! 

I got to go on Big Brother’s Bit on the Side again for the eviction on Friday and it was so much fun.

I love Rylan and Emma Willis is a total babe. A lot of people ask me if I’d go on Big Brother but I’d end up fighting with everyone, I like my time alone and you don’t get that in there! 

I was on Facebook the other day and came across a piece written by Clodagh Cogley, one of the students involved in the Berkeley tragedy.

It is so amazing and inspiring to see such beautiful words written by her after being involved in such a devastating accident.

The reaction of the young people involved and the dignity shown by their friends and families this week is the most powerful answer to the slurs that were thrown around by some media.

A lot of commentators reckoned the generation that grew up in the privileged Celtic Tiger years were spoiled and self absorbed. Berkeley has showed us that for the lie it is.

They are young people we can be truly proud of. Clodagh you are amazing.