Illustration by Max Fleishman
When you imagine the possible answers to the question “Sex workers, what is the strangest thing a client has asked you to do?” you’re probably imagining some extreme—and obviously sexual—scenarios: armpit fetishes, adult babies, practices usually kept behind the bathroom door, and so on. While all of those did get a mention in the popular AskReddit thread, which went live four days ago, some of the most bizarre answers from sex workers were the client requests that involved no sex at all.
Female and male sex workers—including cam girls/guys, strippers and escorts—reported a colorful range of encounters in a thread that now has over 8,500 comments: some very NSFW, some sad, some plain inexplicable. Here are our highlights:
“I used to waitress at a strip club. I remember one dude came in and asked girls to let him rub their elbows.”
“I had a friend who was a sex worker. My favorite story from her was a client who wanted her to stand in a corner, facing the wall, wearing nothing but combat boots and reading from Ulysses.”
“[My neighbor] worked in a sex shop. She had the usual assortment of clients, but one guy came in and asked to buy her socks for like $100. I was like, 'Did you tell him were to go?' 'Hell no,' she says, 'I sold them on the spot and went barefoot the rest of the day.'"
From a male poster: “I used to do cam shows in college… One guy paid for a private show and asked me to take my laptop to the bathroom and completely submerge myself in water for as long as I could. I was under for maybe 45 seconds, and when I came up he had left the room. I still wonder what he got out of that.”
“Former pro-domme here. Client wanted me to scald him in a tub until he passed out, revive and repeat for several hours. I said, hell no. Client had a fantasy about being forced into a leotard and legwarmers and forced to do jazzercize with my canes as motivation. I did that and it was awesome.”
“I had a guy lay me out on the table, take my shoes off, get out a set of dental picks and mirrors and an electric toothbrush, and do a 'dental exam' on my feet. For an hour. Checking for 'cavities,' 'polishing,' 'flossing,' etc. I was supposed to play the whole thing straight as if it was really my teeth he was examining. “
“Had a very muscular guy come in who would shower, then once he was clean, would flex and want me to sink my teeth into his muscles and gnaw gently. Was surprisingly fun!”