“I don’t try to be friends with them,” Sharon said shrugging. “I’ve got my own issues. I don’t really need to deal with theirs.”
Sharon said so far, she is yet to have a bad date. She explained that many of the girls working the streets have been severely abused or are drug addicted and as a result, unfortunately tend to attraction too much attention.
“The creeps are usually looking for the girls who are really out of it,” she added.
While Sharon was witty, well-spoken and said johns don’t give her any trouble, she still feels the need to carry a knife.
Although she said danger is not a pressing worry for her, Sharon refuses to spend every night standing out on the cold streets looking for work.
“That would drive you crazy,” she said. “I try to keep things as normal as I can, visiting friends, things like that.”
Sharon expressed interest in exiting the sex trade industry, but said money was the primary reason she hadn’t acted on anything yet. Even though she has to do it during the bitter cold of Edmonton’s witching hour, sex work is quick, easy money, money you can’t make “working somewhere like McDonald’s.”
That being said, she added: “I would like to get out of it for sure. The sooner I figure out how to do that, the better off I’ll be.”
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“The creeps are usually looking for the girls who are really out of it.”
With short grey hair, a long, dark pea coat and a scarf wrapped tightly around her neck, she doesn’t look the part of a stereotypical sex worker.
Previously working in Fort McMurray, Sharon felt fishnets and high heels might attract a little too much attention in a barren place riddled with over-eager men with too much time and money on their hands. Sharon figured blending into the shadows was the best way to stay safe.
“Some girls get beaten or robbed out here, but I usually don’t have much of a problem,” she said. “I don’t usually get the freaky ones because I’m kept well and I don’t walk around talking to myself. Well, out in public anyways,” she added laughing.
Sick of living in a “dirty, little town filled with dirty, little people,” Sharon headed south to a slightly shorter blue-collar: Edmonton. With the city’s high number of street workers (as well as a high incidence of missing women), many women “spot” each other, but Sharon said she gives the other girls a wide berth.
It’s Sharon’s second year spending long nights standing on the dark, gritty streets of Edmonton waiting for work to drive by.