America's highest paid legal sex worker has spilled what it's like inside the brothel, in a revealing new essay for SheKnows.
Alice Little, a prostitute at Moonlite Bunny Ranch in Nevada, describes her role as "psychologist, relationship coach and sexpert all rolled into one".
"I spend intimate time with men, couples, single women, divorcées, virgins, kinksters and widows: There isn't just one type of person that sees sex workers," she revealed.
"In that same vein, there isn't one type of person that becomes a sex worker. My colleagues are retired servicewomen, grad students, mothers, doctoral candidates and more.
"We are an incredibly diverse group of ladies with one commonality - a genuine passion for intimacy."
Little took readers through an average day in her life, beginning at 7am "with an hour long workout". After showering she applies her "war paint" whilst "visualising the day ahead".
Then at the ranch, she and the other women perform a "line-up"
"Imagine you're standing in line, shoulder to shoulder, alongside 20 or more incredibly beautiful women, all vying to be 'chosen' by the same man," she said. "Stressful, right? Now, picture doing that 12 to 14 hours a day, five days a week. In a nutshell, that's my job."
"You may assume my job is primarily about sex, but that couldn't be further from the truth. Sex is assumed it's already on the table. What I'm really selling is intimacy."
Little said she spends thousands of dollars a year on lube and condoms and hundreds of hours at the nail salon.
For people considering moving into sex work, she advises they understand "there is more to the industry than most people see at first glance".
"Sex work is a public service, and not one that everyone in society is comfortable with. As we move into yet another renaissance of sexuality and identity in the new millennium, attitudes may continue to shift and change.
"It's stigmatizing, degrading, difficult and the best thing I've ever done with my life."