The world of Playboy models is rife with sex trafficking, and while there is a lot of good news to be had from the magazine, there is still work to be done.
In a new piece in New York, “What You Need to Know About Sex Trafficking and Sex Work in the 21st Century,” Playboy model and sex worker Tessa Vassallo outlines what it takes to become a “real Playboy model.”
Here are 10 things you need to know.
Sex workers must be willing to work for free The first rule of working as a Playboy model is that you must be able to work at a pay rate lower than what a prostitute can make for the same work.
For instance, a prostitute in New Jersey might be making between $100 and $200 per hour, but that doesn’t mean that she would make more money than the average Playboy model.
The key to being able to pay for sex is to understand your employer’s pay structure, Vassallo says.
“You have to understand what is the pay structure,” she says.
For example, an escort might earn a $300 hourly wage, while a sex worker might earn around $1,200.
To be able pay this much for sex, you need “the right mindset,” she explains.
“It has to be something you can say yes to without getting upset if you don’t.”
The money comes from inside the industry The industry itself is an underground economy, which means that a sex work worker cannot legally enter the industry legally.
According to Vassalero, “there is a very high likelihood that you will end up in a position of being exploited by someone who is working for you.
You’re not going to have the protections that you would have in a regular job.”
She notes that the laws are set up to make it difficult for sex workers to access justice in this regard, and that the industry can be a breeding ground for sex trafficking.
“A lot of people in the sex industry will say, ‘I’ve been working as an escort and this is the most dangerous thing I’ve ever done.’,” she adds.
“But that is not the case.”
This is why the industry needs to be more transparent about its pay and working conditions, says Vassalo.
“The industry needs transparency,” she argues.
“They need to put out information about their pay structure.”
The industry is not a victim-blaming one The sex industry is very diverse, and not all models are victims.
For Vassalamino, a former escort who worked for several years in New England, there are plenty of “really talented” models who are willing to accept an invitation to work as a “pimp.”
But there are also many women who do not fit this model, she says, adding that “they can’t say no to anything.”
The industry needs “a more honest conversation about the people that are out there and the money that goes into the industry,” she concludes.
It is not about money, but about sex The most common complaint about sex work is that the work is not paid well.
“There is a stigma around sex work, but it’s not a job for the weak,” Vassalone says.
To make matters worse, “sex work is incredibly risky, especially when you’re a woman,” she notes.
“Sex work has the potential to result in death and injuries.”
For these reasons, “it is critical that the industries [of sex work] be more open and transparent about the risks involved.”
Sex work is a choice Many sex workers do not feel comfortable coming forward with their work, because of stigma surrounding the industry.
However, there’s hope for sex work workers who do speak up, says the journalist and sex work advocate.
“In a way, the industry is actually supporting the work of sex workers,” she states.
“That’s because sex work can be very dangerous, and it can take a toll on a person’s mental health.”
She adds, “It can be incredibly rewarding.”
You will have to pay to stay in the industry While it is true that sex work has a high turnover rate, “people are willing and able to go back to work,” Vasallo says.
If you are interested in working as one of the Playboy model’s “pimps,” you will have the chance to pay a “substantial” fee to stay at the magazine.
The article also discusses how to negotiate for a job in the “pilot” program, which is a program where models work with the magazine for a few weeks before they are allowed to move on to the full-time program.
There is no minimum wage The industry pays a very low rate, which puts a heavy burden on sex workers, who often work in low-paying jobs and often don’t have health insurance.
“For a lot people, there isn’t much of a choice in terms of what they want to