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Bars, strip clubs and brothels have been shut down as non-essential businesses across the country closed for the coronavirus pandemic, leaving many sex workers out of a job. Mistress Natalie King, a New York City based model, certified personal trainer and professional dominatrix for the past 25 years.
Photo by Scott Church. King has been working as a professional dominatrix for more than 25 years.
A dominatrix is a paid professional who engages in erotic services involving various elements of BDSM elements — an umbrella term and abbreviation that refers to a variety of erotic practices involving bondage, discipline, dominance and submission, sadism and masochism.
In light of the COVID pandemic and the implementation of social distancing, King has seen a drastic decrease in in-person business and like many sex workers, she has been excluded from government financial support.
Isabella Sinclaire, a professional dominatrix, production company manager and clothing company owner based in Los Angeles, has also seen little governmental support. Photo provided by Isabella Sinclaire. So, I applied for them and so far have received nothing.
In response to growing financial uncertainty, many sex workers have transitioned to subscription based online work, including clip sales video workZoom or Skype meetings, phone calls and text sessions. Mitchie is a bikini barista and online sex worker in Washington State.
She asked that her sex work name be used for this story instead of her real name for privacy and safety concerns. Coffee is considered an essential business, so she still works her weekly 4am shifts.
Mitchie is required to have her hair and makeup done for every shift, as well as some form of lingerie. She is allowed to choose her outfits, as long as she keeps her private areas covered.
Though her hours have been cut back, Mitchie still sells premium content that ranges from nude photographs to custom videos. Many dominatrices have also begun moving towards virtual BDSM training and sessions, including Mistress Leah, a Houston-based dominatrix.
Mistress Leah explained that many of her friends in the BDSM community have started filming clips at home. She said that while she personally can not film clips at her home due to her family being with her, she has started using Skype for quick sessions and domination through phone calls.
Sinclaire, who pioneered online training and says she was the first dominatrix to have a livestream inhas also moved back into virtual work. Many sex workers are hoping that the pandemic and the implementation of social distancing guidelines become less severe as the summer approaches, worried that if it continues, it could mean even worse business and more debt for some.
Sex workers struggle as covid pandemic continues
While some sex workers plan to continue creating clips if social distancing continues into the summer, some dominatrices like King are thinking of ways to have in-person sessions while still following health guidelines and safety. She plans on having her clients immediately wash their hands thoroughly and both wearing masks throughout the session.
For the last couple of years, it was just one thing after another, building something, moving, etc. It really gave me the time to just relax for a second. Despite being left out of major relief benefits, sex workers are trying to remain optimistic.
Dominatrices like Mistress Leah are looking forward to going back to work. She misses the connections she could form in person with her clients, the release she gets from her job, and her tools. Back to Reporting Texas Next.
May 28, By Shelby Woods and Andrew Roberts Reporting TexasTV Bars, strip clubs and brothels have been shut down as non-essential businesses across the country closed for the coronavirus pandemic, leaving many sex workers out of a job.