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#082: Why sex work is nothing like Secret Diary of a Call Girl – Lola Hunt

By Jordan Michaelides

Lola Hunt ( @misslolahunt ) is a sex worker, entrepreneur and co-founder of Assembly Four.

Assembly Four makes products and services to empower sex workers throughout the world, committing a portion of profits to help those sex workers in need.

Assembly Four rocketed to the forefront of the industry with the launch of Switter as legislation known as FOSTA/SESTA effectively banned sex workers safely engaging clients online. Switter was the beginning of Assembly Four’s modern tech disruption to an industry that globally is worth $186b, and historically is not too tech savvy. The launch of further services in Tryst (for Advertising) & Honey Notes (a CRM), underscores Assembly Four’s commitment to the industry.

Interviewing Lola was the perfect opportunity to discuss intimacy and relationships, with an individual who knows what’s crucial to those two aspects of our life – communication.

Lola’s work is grounded in privacy and the liberty of an individual, a fascinating area of technology where we’ll go into further detail with her co-founder Jack in a future episode. This episode is definitely not suitable for work (NSFW).

A fascinating discussion for anyone, which covered:

  • The portrayal of escorts in the media
  • Sugar daddies and strange requests from clients
  • Dating and tech
  • Who are her clients, and why there are “hobbyists”
  • What men and women do wrong with sex
  • Stigma and how her parents found out
  • The implications of MyHealth Record for Sex Workers
  • What is Assembly Four and how it came about
  • FOSTA/SESTA and Privacy

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SHOW NOTES:

01:20 – Introduction
04:52 – The portrayal of sex workers in media
08:10 – Her background & skillset
12:46 – How she got into sex work
15:08 – Sugar daddies & strange requests
23:10 – Dating and tech, Darwin’s sex theory
27:03 – Her archetype and process
30:32 – What she gets from her work
35:29 – Business concepts
38:38 – Clientele, hobbyists
40:32 – What men and women do wrong in sex
45:11 – Balancing work and a relationship
46:15 – Stigma and how her parents found out
51:05 – Her future in the industry
54:13 – Downsides to the industry
59:53 – My Health Record
01:05:06 – Assembly Four, how it came about
01:06:51 – FOSTA/SESTA, Switter
01:10:17 – Tryst & other ideas
01:15:44 – Daily routine
01:16:27 – Best purchase under $200
01:17:22 – Most influential book on her life
01:17:59 – If she could have a billboard anywhere in Australia

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