Out in the Open

How working as an escort allowed this woman to find empowerment, despite the risks

Andrea Werhun says working as an escort empowered her, and exposed her to different people she sought inspiration from as an aspiring writer. She explains to Piya how sex work allowed her to be herself, why she continued to find value in it even after being sexually assaulted... and why she finally decided to "come out" to quell stigma.

'What sex work presents me with... is the opportunity to be myself fully,' says Andrea Werhun

Andrea Werhun wrote about her experience working as an escort in the memoir "Modern Whore". (Headshots by Andrew)
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After early explorations of her own sexuality and a revelatory experience attending a strip club, Andrea Werhun decided to become an escort. 

She quickly found the work empowered her, and exposed her to different people she sought inspiration from as an aspiring writer.

Werhun explains to Out in the Open host Piya Chattopadhyay how sex work allowed her to be herself, why she continued to find value in it even after being sexually assaulted... and why she finally decided to "come out" to quell stigma.


This story appears in the Out in the Open episode "Choosing Sex Work".

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