Smooth Operator: Could You Be a Phone Sex Worker?

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December 19, 2011 ‐ By

Side hustles are a must these days and stay-at-home mothers are earning extra cash in a surprising way—as phone sex operators. “The View” talked about the growing trend last Thursday, based on a segment Elizabeth Hasslebeck did for “Good Morning America.” The report found that the number of stay-at-home moms becoming phone sex operators has increased 400% in the last 18 months. Why? Because it’s steady pay, the benefits are good, and the economy sucks.

A friend of mine worked as a phone sex operator when she moved to a new city. She’s not a stay-at-home mother, but she needed income while she was searching for a 9-to-5, and for a job whose only prerequisite is that you own a landline and know how to put on an act—which most women say they do anyway—she didn’t mind bringing in money from the down-low job.

The most awkward thing for her wasn’t moaning and role playing on the phone because from her experience, most men really just wanted to talk (so sad). She only ran into problems when people wondered what she did for a living and she would have the deer-in-the-headlights look on her face until she finally started telling people she worked in the service industry. Unfortunately, getting up at 3:30 am to put on a Hot voice for the late-night west coasters in need of lip service proved difficult for her and she had to find another occupation. But overall the money was good while it lasted and she didn’t feel any personal shame about it, she just didn’t want to deal with other people’s judgment.

Most stay-at-home moms seem to have the same mindset, from what Elizabeth said: judge me if you want, but I’m making money while spending time with my kids. Some mothers say they keep their side job under wraps for fear of other mothers’ reactions, as some women who were surveyed said they wouldn’t let their child go over the home of a mother she knew worked as a phone sex operator. Sherri Shepherd agreed, and said she wouldn’t trust her child in that situation:“It’s my job to protect my child and that I wouldn’t want him exposed to.”

The biggest shocker of all was Whoopi Goldberg admitting that she used to work as a phone sex operator—-I know, I can’t picture it either—-but it makes sense when you think about it from Whoopi’s perspective. According to her, all the job is is good acting.

I definitely wouldn’t want my children listening to his play mate’s mother talking nasty to some lonely, horny man on the phone, but I wouldn’t say that they couldn’t ever go over the person’s house. Being a phone sex worker may be an odd job that I’m not sure I could pull off, but when it comes to making money legally and supporting your family, I say to each her own.

Have you ever considered being a phone sex operator  to earn extra cash? Would you allow your kids to visit the home of a woman who you knew worked as a phone sex operator?

Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.

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  • Nicole Hawkins

    I was a phone sex operator for almost three years. I had no children and worked from an office in Midtown Manhattan. The money was good and I worked for a wonderful company. It’s true: Most of the men I spoke with just wanted to vent. I also spoke to married couples! It was fun and I learned a lot about myself.

  • http://www.naughtynuala.com nuala macmoragh

    I’m a phone sex operator and a mom. I don’t take calls when my daughter is around, just as I wouldn’t do anything sexual in front of her–it’s that simple. I honestly don’t know what the big hangup is about moms doing something sexual–how the heck do you think we got to be moms? Any caring mother will not expose her child to age inappropriate sexual behavior, including phone sex work.  

  • Casandra

    It’s something I couldnt see myself doing, but it’s a legal, paying gig. So why is it an issue?  It’s not selling drugs or prostitution. I do think if a mother choses to do it she has to be sure to keep it out of sight of her children.  Many parents think their children dont know what’s going on.  Kids are smarter than we think  

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_AE332VZJBOER5P22LIDGAQYCWE Bella

    I have no problem with it. You’re providing a necessary service((most guys that call really have NO ONE to talk to) and no one’s getting hurt. Just make sure you know how to role play and don’t laugh when someone asks for something weird, right?

  • Candy

    you cant knock people’s hustle and of course this women would not be talking to the client while the kids are staring her in the face its probably at a time when the kids are sleep especially at 3:30 in the morning damn kids should be sleep anyway lol and why do you have to tell everyone your business all you need to know is i work at home for a call center if you want to tell em that much people need to mind their business especially when they are more serious issues to be dealing with

  • Cocolicious

    I’m too silly. I wouldn’t get away with it.

  • sweettea

    I wouldn’t have a problem with it. Im sure the mom isnt talking dirty on the phone in front of kids. What guy wants to listen to some chicks hollering brats on the background for $9.99 a minute

  • HONEY LOVE

    I shole would honey!

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