Let me out this as simply as possible. If you have not yet seen “Molly´s Game”, written and directed by Aaron Sorkin and starring Idris Elba and Jessica Chastain, get moving to your local cinema. It is truly amazing. With Aaron Sorkin writing, the dialogue is fast, witty, thoughtful and intelligent. And with actors like Elba and Chastain, the delivery is worthy of the script and the acting levels are top notch. It is the story of Molly Bloom, a former Olympic level skier who finds herself helping out running poker games – first in Los Angeles with Hollwood celebrities (it is easy to find out who some of the real people were, so let me save you the time – Tobey Maguire, Ben Affleck, Leonardo DiCaprio, Rick Salomon, Nelly and others) then in New York with Wall Street traders, hedge fund managers, property developers and – eventually – Russian mobsters. Which is where her troubles come from.
Watching for me came with an extra edge of interest, because it has so many parallels with my business in the sex industry. At one point one of her lawyers (an ass hole before she works with Idris Elba) makes the statement “Do not break the law while you are breaking the law.” She asks him whether she has been breaking the law and he tells her that she has not. “But still, do not break the law while you are breaking the law. And that has always been my philosophy too while running my escort agencies, whether in London or anywhere else. Though I do not think I have ever expressed it that neatly. In the movie, Molly runs a poker game, which is not itself illegal as long as she does make money directly from the game itself, but from tips or entry fees. But she makes sure that she does not sell sex (oh the hypocrisy of America!) or drugs. And she is a registered business and pays her taxes.
In the same way, in my businesses I never sell drugs, I only work with girls who are legal to work in the relevant country, and I never, ever, work with an escort who is under eighteen. I prefer them to be over twenty one. I also make a point of having a legally established business structure and paying my taxes. I cannot control what my subcontractors do, of course. But I can make damn sure that I do not break the law while I am breaking the law. Especially as I am not breaking the law in the first place.