Is Prostitution Really about Exploitation?

by W.F. Price on December 21, 2012

Former Olympian and married mother Suzy Favor-Hamilton decided last year, while already in her mid-40s, to become a call girl, charging up to $600 per hour. She was not under financial duress, nor was she pressured into it by anyone. In fact, her husband knew what she was up to and tried to stop her, but she ignored him (he probably would have been arrested for abuse if he put any real effort into stopping it).

A three-time U.S. Olympian who was publicity exposed on Thursday as an elite $600-an-hour escort has revealed that her husband knew about her double life and tried to put an end to it.

Suzy Favor-Hamilton, a 44-year-old married mother of three, has been working with one of Las Vegas’ top agencies to book ‘dates’ across cities including Las Vegas, Chicago and Houston.

Despite using the name ‘Kelly Lundy’ as she advertised her services through Haley Heston’s Private Collection, her double life has been revealed after she told clients about her real identity, believing there was an unwritten rule they would not speak out.

But now at least one of these clients has contacted The Smoking Gun, which in turn has revealed the details of Favor-Hamilton’s clandestine career, which she now calls a ‘huge mistake.’

Soon after the story appeared online, instantly sparking a furor in the media, Favor-Hamilton took to Twitter to offer her 3,183 followers her side of the story.

In one missive, the 44-year-old mother explained that she was initially drawn to escorting ‘because it provided many coping mechanisms for me when I was going through a very challenging time with my marriage and my life.

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The Olympian has refused to be labelled a victim, insisting that she knew what she was doing and taking full responsibility for her actions.

She told The Smoking Gun that her husband was the only one who knew about her moonlighting as a prostitute in cities across the country.

‘He tried, he tried to get me to stop. He wasn’t supportive of this at all,’ Favor Hamilton noted.

The 44-year-old has revealed that she is currently seeking psychological help for her problem.

‘I fully intend to make amends and get back to being a good mother, wife, daughter, and friend,’ she concluded in her most recent post.

So how does this fit into the prostitute as human trafficking victim narrative we hear these days? The woman was an Olympic athlete, had a husband so supportive he didn’t even dump her for being a whore, and a good job, yet she chose to become a hooker.

She also put a great deal of effort into advertising her wares…

Again, what’s all this about women being forced into prostitution, and men prowling around looking for innocent ladies to exploit? Doesn’t seem that it takes all that much prodding to turn the lady into a tramp. Actually, seems more that it’s the other way around; without men actively trying to suppress prostitution there’d be a whole lot more of it.

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