Tuesday, July 12, 2005

"Old Whores Never Die . . . "

In the late 1970s, playwright Robert Patrick wrote "The Family Bar," a piece about clandestine encounters between prostitutes and their clients. Patrick's twist is that nuclear families had been deemed illegal, and johns paid prostitutes to act like parents or siblings or children. No sex was invovled, it was just people paying to act like relatives. Hysterical!

In the vein of prostitution surprises, excite.com published this report from Rueters:
Jul 11, 9:15 AM (ET)
BERLIN (Reuters) - A Berlin grandmother who has worked the city's diplomatic quarter as a prostitute for the last 49 years plans to retire when she turns 64 next year, according to Germany's Bild newspaper.

Even though prostitutes were forced to leave the area after the Berlin Wall, fell because dead-end streets in the downtrodden district were re-connected to east Berlin and property values surged, Renate Dolle was allowed to stay, Bild said.

"I've got a lot of regular clients," the blonde woman told the newspaper, pictured wearing a short red mini skirt and high-heeled white boots as she stood near the Japanese embassy. She said she charges 30 euros ($36) and on good nights she has four to five clients.

"I'm going to stop at 64 and retire," said Dolle, whose husband drops her off for work each night after the television evening news and who has a nine-year-old granddaughter.

She is one of 10,000 prostitutes in Berlin and 400,000 in Germany, where prostitution is legal. Dolle said she tried to work in a popular red light district nearby recently but was chased away by younger competitors.

"What do you want here, you old whore, get lost," Dolle said they shouted at her. "What did I ever do to them?"

As Robert Patrick once wrote: "Old whores never die, they just start buying it back."

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