I'm college educated with child development and classroom teaching experience. I've worked with ages from newborns up to middle school kids. I have years of nanny experience, some in long-term positions. I'm young and energetic and in good shape. I'm great at arts and crafts. I don't believe in television much, but I love to read and I believe that kids of all ages should be encouraged to spend at least half an hour outside in the sun, every day. My two current charges can't wait to see me in the mornings and get upset when I'm not with them on the weekends. I don't live in a highly competitive nanny area like New York, but I still have mothers try to "poach" me on a regular basis. I've been offered all kinds of money and benefits to change families, but I love the family that I'm with and I always politely decline other offers.
I'm also a sex worker.
A few years ago, I was nannying part-time for very little pay. I didn't want to leave the family, but I was struggling very badly. I was having to sell off my possessions to pay rent and could barely afford to eat one meal a day. For months I tried to find a job waitressing in the evenings or something like a coffee shop in the mornings, something I could do while still keeping my nanny position. No one would hire me. Out of desperation, I found an ad on Craigslist looking for "lingerie models", and I scored an interview.
The job wound up being what in stripper parlance is called a "jack shack", a rundown house where the girls do private strip shows and the show usually ends in a handjob. I'd never done anything similar - heck, I'd only ever had one boyfriend! - but I took it. I did it for months. I would go to my nanny job, then drive to the shack and work until 3 AM afterward. It was kind of empowering, and I made about $300 a night.
Unlike most of the girls I worked with there, I didn't get into drugs to cope, and I didn't become an alcoholic, but I did go down the slippery slope. I got addicted to the easy money. I started doing more "adult" services - nude housecleaning, fetish modeling, and finally, eventually, I just straight up had sex with someone for money.
Not long after that, I got my first full-time nanny position. I quit working at the jack shack. I started getting regular salary on the books, more money than I'd ever made before no matter what I did. I take my job very seriously, and on work nights I am always on my best behavior.
But sometimes, just a few times a year, I decide I need a little extra cash, and I pick up some unconventional work.
Of course if any of the families I'd worked for found out, I'd lose my job and I'd probably never be able to work in childcare again. The idea of someone looking after your kids who has gotten naked and had sex for money is a terrifying thought to most parents. It doesn't matter that she's clean and educated. It doesn't matter that she's great with the kids, that they love her, that she's the best nanny your family has ever had. The idea of a childcare worker who is or has been a sex worker gives people the shudders.
But I am damn good at what I do - all the things I do.