This week we are super happy to have our first featured Victory Girl, Celest Sinclair! Below is a short interview we did with her about her experience as a sex worker in this pandemic and being a Victory girl.
Welcome to VictoryGirls.org Celest! Thank you for being our newest Victory Girl. Could you give us a brief introduction of yourself and what your life in sex work looked like before the coronavirus pandemic?
Thank you, hi! I'm Celest Sinclair, a sex worker based in NYC. Before the coronavirus pandemic, I was sugaring and escorting. Prior to sugaring I had always done sex work online, mainly through camming and selling content.
2. How has the pandemic effected your day to day life, in and out of sex work?
The pandemic has totally changed my sex work experience, as it has for all sex workers. We can no longer meet clients in person without risking our health, their health, and all of our loved ones' health. Sex workers usually do not have one stream of income- most of us rely on in person client interactions to supplement our online content sales. Lots of us are struggling, or will be, without our nonessential workplaces (brothels, strip clubs) and in-person interactions with clients.
Outside of sex work, my classes have moved online for the rest of semester and my dorms are closed. It is harder to learn through online classes and I'm struggling. I'm trying to focus on being thankful that everyone in my life are healthy.
3. With millions of sex workers in quarantine or isolation, what draws you to the idea of bringing them all together to support all of our overworked health care workers and make them feel appreciated?
I'm drawn to the idea of bringing sex workers together for this cause because we're pretty damn amazing and inspiring, especially when we work together. I think sex workers can see themselves in healthcare workers, and vice versa. Both sex workers and health care workers intention is to help others, just through different approaches (haha!).
4. Do you have any specific anecdote or story about a health care worker during this crisis? Or, do you have anyone in the healthcare community that has meant a great deal to you?
I don't have a specific anecdote, but I want to extend my gratitude and thoughts to health care heroes in New York City, the new epicenter of the virus.
5. What would you like to say to the brave health care heroes, keeping us safe, on behalf of yourself and the sex work community?
Thank you, healthcare workers, for your sacrifice and determination to help others. It means so much, knowing you're out there fighting this plague.
6. Where can anyone interested find you online to get in touch?
@celestsinclair on both Instagram and Twitter! xoxo!
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