A match made on Craigslist adult services

James was the first man to pay me for sex. He wanted to bring out the good in me, even though he needed the bad

By Melissa Petro
Published February 15, 2012 4:59AM (EST)

This article is the first in a series of essays by current and former sex workers about their favorite johns.

The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous describes the fellowship as “people who normally would not mix.” That’s a good way of describing James and me. I was 27 years old, a grad student, bored and curious -- just like my ad said. James was in his mid-30s, a little too old and far too normal. He was not the kind of guy who’d approach me in another situation, at least that's what I thought when I saw him. Then again, James and I would never meet in any situation other than this.

I was a Craigslist call girl. James was my first. I had gotten the idea from a friend. “There are ads,” she said, “placed by men, looking for” -- she raised an eyebrow -- “company.”

That night I got online. It was just as she’d described: SWM seeks non pro, GFE, a little fun. FS. DATY. BBBJ. A lady that speaks GREEK, possibly, a road of possibilities, a chance encounter, no strings attached. For 200 roses, 300 reasons, a generous donation, a happy ending. You can start any ...

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Melissa Petro

Melissa Petro writes for The Huffington Post, Daily Beast, Rumpus.net and XO Jane..

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