The Real Girlfriend Experience

My hooker romance

It began with an awkward phone call: "Would you like to, um, go bowling with me?"

"Go what?"

"Go... uh... bowling. Would you like to bowl with me? I'll pay for everything, of course."

Sophia's ad promised that she could "provide the ultimate" girlfriend experience.
C. Stiles
Sophia's ad promised that she could "provide the ultimate" girlfriend experience.
Sophia went out on a fetish call and got kidnapped and held hostage for three days.
C. Stiles
Sophia went out on a fetish call and got kidnapped and held hostage for three days.

"You just want to go bowling?" She was incredulous.

"Kind of like a sweet, you know, all-American date," I said, a nervous cramp in my chest.

Silence.

"Yeah, I'll go bowling with you. What time do you want to go?"

So it was set. My first date with a prostitute would be at a bowling alley in west Broward. We could talk about whatever she wanted. Do whatever she felt like doing. As long as it didn't involve anything even close to sex.

It had to be one of the weirder propositions she'd heard. Call it some sort of half-baked sociological experiment: What happens when you take a hooker on a regular date? What happens when you share a walk on the beach or a piece of pizza instead of, oh, something that ends in job?

And that's why, at the Don Carter Tamarac Lanes, during the third frame of the second bowling game, Sophia the prostitute is telling me about the time she went out on a fetish call and got kidnapped and held hostage for three days.

"He was spanking me, having a good time, when all of a sudden he like freaked out and pulled out his gun and started saying a bunch of crazy stuff," she says as she lifts her pink bowling ball from the return. "He kept telling me he was going to take me to Vegas. He kept saying I couldn't be too bruised up for Vegas."

While she was held hostage, her driver called, trying to convince the man to let her go. "I pretty much felt like I was going to die," Sophia says, standing in blue and red bowling shoes. "He lived in an apartment in one of those really tall buildings in Miami right next to where the Heat plays. I could look out the window at all the people coming and going, and I wondered if I was ever going to get out of there."

She threw her ball down the lane. Three pins went down.


On our first call, we agreed to meet at the bowling alley on a Friday evening. She called me "Baby" and "Sweetie" in a throaty voice.

I got Sophia's number from a post on Craigs­list's erotic services page. Her ad boasted that she can "provide the ultimate gfe [girlfriend experience]" and that she was "willing to try anything, Just Ask!" Beneath the text was a grainy photo of her in what looked like a motel room, in a sexy pose in front of a mirror. She had long, dark hair and shiny skin.

She told me she was fine with going bowling and appearing in my story, "but," she said, "you know my time is money." We agreed that I would bring $100. I'd pay for our date and give her whatever was left over.

The sun is beginning to set when she arrives in a dirty white Dodge sedan. We introduce ourselves just inside the front door of the bowling alley.

"So what exactly are we supposed to be doing here?" she asks.

"Honestly, I have no idea what the hell I'm doing," I say in a failed attempt to alleviate her worries. "Let's just try to have a good time."

She's 5-foot-2, with dark hair and a gentle face. She has bright, brown, curious eyes. Her upper teeth are covered by a shiny silver grill with dice carved into the teeth. She's wearing flip-flops, a short denim skirt, a brown tank top that clings to her buxom figure, and a gray hooded sweatshirt with several images of Bob Marley across the front and back. She doesn't seem to be under the influence of any strong narcotics. She looks like a slightly older, slightly rounder version of the photo in her ad.

I try not to wonder how many men she's seen this week.

We pick out our balls. She finds a bright pink one that feels comfortable in her small hands. She wonders if the ball might hurt her long acrylic nails — at the end of each finger, she has a twisting Technicolor spectrum embossed over a white background. Eager to impress, I go for a colorful, 16-pound ball. I pick it up, then graciously put it down for an 11.

At the shoe counter, she realizes she's forgotten socks. For $2.50, I buy her the finest white socks Don Carter offers, out of a vending machine.

We find our lane and she slips on her size-seven, suede bowling shoes. As we attempt to enter our names into the electronic scorekeeper, we discuss how infrequently we both bowl.

Sophia rolls first. Gutter ball. She turns around and breaks into a shy grin, slightly embarrassed. On the second roll, she knocks over one pin.

"That's really the hardest pin to get," I joke.

She smiles without opening her mouth.

She's from Tampa originally, she says, and goes back and forth across the state a lot. She's 27, though she tells most of her clients she's 22. Her real name isn't Sophia. It also isn't Trinity, another name she uses.

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Marco
Marco

Vesky and Groovychick you are special. Hold onto that! Sex-date with no sex is freaky. Checked out theamsterdamdiaries. Man, gigolo, or what?

Veskey Kosko
Veskey Kosko

I am a cam girl and I am extremely professional.  I work from the safety of my bedroom and honestly I tried to find a job when I lost everything, I couldn't do it in enough time to pay my bills and Unemployment is a joke!.. Sorry everyone but this is my career along with many more like me

Groovychicksoph
Groovychicksoph

I work in a country where brothels are legal. I had other options but I simply wanted more money. The vast majority of us are not victims, we just like money and have no qualms with the concept of having sex in exchange for money. In fact the only prostitutes I would consider victims are the street walkers at the mercy of pimps and addiction, which is illegal here. I work in a legal brothel where safety regulations are strict and the environment professional. For every bad client I have at least 10 good clients, from all walks of life. A month into my job and I've already organised a 6 month overseas holiday for next year. It's a shame these girls are working in a country where prostitution is illegal, which means their safety cannot be guaranteed (like Sophia for example). I'm not sure what I'm trying to prove with this comment, just providing a little insight. I will say this, the only time I feel truly degraded in my profession is when I am labelled a victim, like I'm too dumb to know any better. By the way, if you wanted to go on a date with me you would be charged at least $500 an hour for a minimum of two hours, I didn't set that price, my brothel/agency did. In fact I thought you proposing a free date to these girls was quite audacious. Great article.

PrayingForBetterLifeAhead
PrayingForBetterLifeAhead

Read your column briefly, but had  question.  What happens when a girl who has lost EVERYTHING.  She has lost her job;  And day by day, she is trying tenaciously to find a job (calling recruiters).  It gets worse each and every day.  Every day is more and more sescouraging.  Then you find that your life savings if depleated from 74,000 to 13,000 in one week.  Everything you have saved for.  Every thing you saved for every day to  - is gone. 

And the unemployment check is not enough to cover even your rent.  Meanwhile, you had to wait 3 months after your layoff to even get the first check to you because of a glitch in the system.

What do you do?  Hell, I'd prostitute myself.  You're damn right on that one!

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Writer2011
Writer2011

Look, girlfiend experience was an accident of typing, but there is an article called Meet Captain Howdy - so maybe it was not so far off the mark. Look, I've read some reviews of The Real Girlfriend )but not the article) .... and one of the responses is that we want to know what actually happens. Bluntly, it is infinitely variable. Sometimes it is very, very good and sometimes it is Captain Howdy .... read it at:theamsterdamdiaries.weebly.com

John
John

Interesting, I guess. Try theamsterdamdiaries.weeblycom to avoid disappointment. This is the REAL girlfiend experience to the finish.

mike
mike

Fantastic piece!! its rare that a piece of journalism evokes deep reflection and real emotions in the reader through pure humanistic portrayals

R SHABEER AHMED
R SHABEER AHMED

REQUESTING LETTER FOR JOB IN THE NAME OF GOD

RESPECTED SIR/MADAM

RESUME

NAME : R SHABEER AHMEDFATHER,S NAME:RAFIQ AHMED RMOTHER,S NAME:MUBEEN TAJQUALIFICATION :B.COMTECHNICAL QUALIFICATION: PG DIPLOMA IN COMPUTER,S APPLICATIONS AN DAA DIPLOMA IN ADVANCE ACCOUNTANCYADDRESS :#122/2 1ST MAIN ROAD 4TH CROSS 2ND FLOOR FARDA BANU BUILDING J.J.R.NAGAR RANAGANATHA COLONY MYSORE ROAD BANGALORE-560018MARITAL STATUS :UN-MARRIEDPASSPORT NUMBER:H6598286EXPERIENCE :FRESHERSNATIONALITY :INDIANSEX :MALECONTACT NUMBER:9986494711DATE OF BIRTH:25/05/1984REALIONAL :MUSLIMAGE :24 YEARS OLDHOBBIES :WATCHING WWE ON TEN SPORTS AN SWIMMINGLANGUAGES KNOWN:URDU,HINDI,ENGLISH

DATE: PLACE:FROM INDIA,FROM KARNATAKA STATE,FROM BANGALORE CTIY,FROM MYSORE ROAD (R SHABEER AHMED)

HELLO SIR/MADAM MY NAME IS R SHABEER AHMED AN I AM 24 YEARS OLD AN I HAVE PASS B.COM IN THE YEAR 2007 AN I HAVE DONE P G DIPLOMA IN COMPUTERS APPLICATIONS IN THE YEAR 2006 AN I HAVE DONE D.A.A DIPLOMA IN ADVANCE ACCUNTACNY AN NOW I AM LOOKING FOR JOB IN AMERICA,LONDON,R IN UK,SO PLEASE CALL ME WITH IN 2 R 3 DAYS BY SEANDING VISA,TICKET,IN THE NAME OF R SHABEER AHMED TO THIS ADDRESS #122/2 1ST MAIN ROAD 4TH CROSS 2ND FLOOR FARDA BANU BUILDING J.J.R.NAGAR RANAGANATHA COLONY MYSORE ROAD BANGALORE-560018 SO PLEASE SIR/MADAM KINDLY CALL ME AN MY E-MAIL IS NOT WORKING SO PLEASE KINDLY SEAND UR ANSWERS BY POST R BY CARGO PLEASE SIR/MADAM KINDLY CALL ME

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Sonny Wyatt
Sonny Wyatt

Great piece! And for those who don't "Get it", you must be new here, this is real journalism, writing for teh sake of informing teh reader about the characters who surround the reader everyday, in every town. Mooney took these girls on dates, and gave us an idea of what it would be like to "visit" an escort. He went further by detailing his "dates" with several, he gave us insight into who they say they are, what they say about their dreams, their motivations to do their jobs, and more. This is not fluff and it is not world affairs, or national news but it is an article about people who perform the oldest profession. I'd not have had teh experience of hearing from these women had Mooney not enlightened me to it. For that, Michael, I thank you sir. Good work.

dundee
dundee

They are also human too.....just like us.....they can be a friend or enemy just also like us.....they can be a wise and holy but also a crime like us too.....they have time of birth and death like people around the globe...just like us.....Indeed we can not eradicate the prostitution, for it is like eradicating humankind coz they are everywhere.......but above all things I 'll see them as my neighborhood, trying to do samething to the lazzaroni around me.....Congratulations for giving them a chance to be a friend.....God is watching us.....conveying wishes from Indonesia....

Life's Short
Life's Short

Interesting that half the comments here bash this article for not being insightful or have a deeper meaning, but why not just enjoy the article for what it is- a fascinating insight on hookers lives beyond the general perception. This was a unique and entertaining read, very well written.

Nick
Nick

Great read! Well written. It is not often you get journalism like. You see, to all you bashers in here, this is what people with actual intellect call 'Creative Journalism'.

Well done and well put!

Luke
Luke

I enjoyed the article. It doesn't have to have a point. It's a story. If anything, it humanizes the women. Certainly nothing wrong with that.

Katie Dunn
Katie Dunn

This is one of the most interesting things Ive ever read. Ive read it twice now. It just leaves you with so many different emotions. I LOVE the ending too! Great job!

Katie Dunn
Katie Dunn

This is one of the most interesting things Ive ever read. Ive read it twice now. It just leaves you with so many different emotions. I LOVE the ending too! Great job!

David
David

That was a great article. Don't listen to the haters, they apparently were entertained enough to read all 6 pages. Ha!

Bob
Bob

I'm going straight on Craigslist. See if I can find one of these broads who look nothing like their picture.Catch some disease. ...and write a story about it all with no real ending.That was lame. Slightly entertaining, but never made any real points or observations that we couldn't imagine before reading it.

Dean Esmay
Dean Esmay

Great article. Ending a little weak, but great otherwise. A look into the real people living this life is all the story is, and that's all it should be.

What is life like as a paid escort? Now you know.

britney
britney

im in this article i found it very funny everyones responses lol

a
a

This is the best fucking thing I've read in a long time. What the hell are people complaining about? You want someone to tell you how to feel at the end? Why is this not the most read story on this site?

Arthur A. Escobar
Arthur A. Escobar

i ready memender when i met this lady b.............. i love her de dope

Hondu
Hondu

I dated a hooker once. All I got was a rash.

Steve
Steve

God this is an incredible story. If New Times actually did artistic things like this more often I would probably be inclined to come to the site a hell of a lot more.

master
master

This guy is a giant douche.

James Hinds
James Hinds

They may be hookers -- selling false intimacy for dollars. Some might say selling something that is beyond price.

But still, they evoke a strong sense of compassion in me: seeing through a hardened exterior to that real human that is stuck in her role.

I think it is a little like the young girl falling for 'the bad boy' and saying: "My parents just don't see him the way I do"

Marcelo
Marcelo

Hookers suck. No pun intended.

dibusek
dibusek

I should say that this is impressive. mostly we have seen certain people in classes, high versus low ones and start to make some prejudice. reading this I think I got the point, even a prostitute is a human, really has real heart, remembers some nostalgia in life, wants to be acknowledged as a person, not as a toy.

I just wish someone could redeem her out of such kind of job and to give her a proper life where she could become herself, not living the gloomy prostitute life any longer. I guess she (and other ones) might have such hope deep inside her heart, but she (and those ones) just couldn't speak it out.

Frank
Frank

If you told me this morning that I would read a story about a guy who dates prostitutes and I'd actually email it to all of my friends with the subject: GENIUS WRITING I never would have believed you. Who is this guy and why haven't I heard of him before? It sounds stupid, but these are the kinds of stories that change the world and how people look at other people. Congrats!

tunana
tunana

What a bad ending.

Actually end it right so I can feel better about reading 6 pages that lead nowhere, please.

KT
KT

I really liked this article. The author writes well. Keep up the interesting stories.

hanis21
hanis21

dont you guys get it ?its all about the fact that even though they are still prostitutes they too are still human - they to have ambitions. the difference between them and everyone else is either they have been in some sort of situation or forced in a corner and they only do this to help them get out of the situation - all of them have some goals in their lives. if you read carefully none of them 'do this for fun'.its a good article- i would like to see what you do next.

Larz Blackman
Larz Blackman

Most enjoyable read I've had in a long time. But now I'll wonder if every woman is a hooker.

Bill
Bill

This was almost like reading a book by Salinger. A little flavor, but no bullshit. Excellent story, well written, and not fabricated.

Excellent.

Marcus
Marcus

Dude, this was a great read! It really makes me wanna date prostitutes though :p You should do this every month or so, really quite entertaining.

Zach
Zach

An introspective look at a world that few people will ever get to see.

I can't say i was surprised much by the lives of these prostitutes but such a candid look at them without all the manufactured drama of a major 24 hours news network was very refreshing.

I think the author took just the right approach to the story and I really enjoyed reading it.

Tina
Tina

Well good thing about this is people get to see other facet of prostitute. I have gone on similar date with people and all they want is to be with you and hug you. No sex. It means so much to us.

Tina

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Alex
Alex

good article. i have to admit i skimmed through parts. ive always wanted to know if the escorts look like the pictures? do they? there is some hot ones in the back of those mags. i would like to see pics.

dr. helms
dr. helms

as stated in the beginning this really is a sociological experiment on hookers! who are those people willing to do anything for money? how did they get into this position? i really enjoyed reading this article ... colorful like the stuffed animals in these machines!

Lu
Lu

This journalism at its best form. Not some mass media bs from cnn and time.

john
john

I think of two things when I read this wonderfully written article.

1. As a man who has slept with many prostitutes, I think that next time, I will simply take them out on dates, like this author. The best part of seeing a prostitute is the female companionship.

2. I cannot believe that American girls are driven to prostitution simply to pay for education - a privellige that billions of people around the world enjoy without having to f*ck strangers. America is SICK.

 
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