DES MOINES, Iowa (KCCI/CNN) - An Iowa woman works part-time as a lawyer in Iowa – and as a prostitute in Nevada.
An Iowa woman who is lawyer, wife and mother, has a side job as a prostitute at brothel in Nevada. (Source: KCCI/CNN)
Katherine Sears is very open about her work there when she travels home to Des Moines where she lives with her husband and child.
"I like sex. Sex is fun. And I can get paid for it."
Katherine Sears started working as a prostitute in Nevada three years ago at the age of 27. She says working in a brothel there is something she always wanted to do.
"You can make a job out of this. It's fantastic. Why would I not do this?" Katherine Sears said.
Sears admits she is painfully shy but feels empowered being a sex worker. Nevada is the only state where prostitution is legal – specifically in brothels.
She says she's so passionate about decriminalizing prostitution that she wanted to speak on camera about her mission.
"I think the more we talk about it the better our chances are of getting the decriminalization we're pursuing. We're not going to have legislative change if we're passive about it," Katherine Sears said.
Sears and her husband John met at Drake Law School a few years ago, when she was already working as a prostitute.
The couple is now practicing criminal defense law together in Des Moines.
When asked what he thinks about his wife working as a prostitute, John Sears answered, “I don't really care that much."
The couple sees prostitution as any other job - one where consent is required - and Katherine Sears has a right to say yes or no to clients.
"Prostitution is consensual sex," she said.
Sears typically travels to Nevada where she works in a brothel for three weeks at a time, then comes back to Iowa for a week at home.
When asked how much money she’s made as a prostitute, Katherine Sears didn’t have a definite answer, but she does make a significant amount.
"I'd have to get my taxes out and look at it. The best I did - I made $55,000 in three weeks," Katherine Sears said.
In the past year, Sears has taken time off to focus on practicing law and on her growing family.
Her son is 4 months old.
Katherine Sears said there's a misconception about prostitutes.
"Prostitutes are people. The prostitutes I've known are some of the best people I've known," Katherine Sears said.
Not everyone is on board with her views, and she gets that, but she wants to end what she calls the judgmental stigma.
"We degrade women who are open about sexuality. We want you to be this way and if you're not this way you're bad. And if you stray from that, you're also bad, so I think it's a lot of indoctrination," she said.
Sears would like to see Iowa and the entire nation decriminalize prostitution.
She is even willing to take prostitution cases on pro bono in the meantime.
“Their bodies belong to them and we have absolutely no reason that you cannot condition your consent this way," she said.
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