‘I’m a whore and proud of it’

Madame Lisa, the manager of the biggest brothel in the French-speaking part of Switzerland, has spoken out about the joy she derives from her profession in her newly published memoirs.

'I'm a whore and proud of it'
Madame Lisa

The mother of three, who is now in her forties, describes her life at the brothel Venusia in Geneva as “beautiful”.

“I am a whore. And proud of it. According to the Petit Robert Dictionary, I am also a pimp, because I draw earnings from the prostitution of others,” she says in the opening lines of her book

Venusia is a 700-square metre brothel, kitted out with a large Jacuzzi, a cigar room and other themed rooms. Madame Lisa describes it as her life’s masterpiece, online news site Le Matin reports.

Although she is proud of her job, Madame Lisa said she would not be pleased if her 15-year-old daughter wanted to follow in her footsteps.

“I was careful in writing this book not to be apologetic for the profession. Because I do not want all the girls to apply for it. We earn a lot but it does not last,” she said.

The France-born madame started her career after her first marriage at 18 years old, first with nude modelling and then in a strip bar. One day a friend suggested she come to her house to join in a threesome.

To her surprise, not only was the sex quite tame, but she found an envelope in her bag with several thousand francs in it. It was then that she realised how she would make a comfortable life for herself.

After dedicating her working life to the sex trade, she said writing the book had now helped bring her closer to her parents.

“My parents realized I thrived in this profession but it hasn’t been easy. The book has been beneficial,” she said.

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Spain’s top court reinstates first sex workers’ union

Spanish sex workers have the right to form their own union, the Supreme Court ruled Wednesday, overturning an earlier court decision ordering the dissolution of Spain's first such labour organisation.

Spain's top court reinstates first sex workers' union
Photo: Oscar del Pozo/AFP

Known as OTRAS (or “the Sex Workers’ Organisation”), the union was discretely set up in August 2018 but was closed three months later by order of the National Court following an appeal by the government of Socialist Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez.

But following an appeal, the Supreme Court ruled in favour of OTRAS, saying that its statutes, which had triggered the initial legal challenge, were “in line with the law” and that sex workers “have the fundamental right to freedom of association and the right to form a union”.

In its November 2018 ruling, the National Court had argued that allowing the union to exist amounted to “recognising the act of procurement as lawful”.


Contacted by AFP, the union did not wish to comment.

When it was founded, OTRAS received the green light from the labour ministry and its statutes were publicly registered in the official gazette the day before the government went into a summer recess.

But three weeks later, the government — which portrays itself as “feminist and in favour of the abolition of prostitution” according to Sanchez’s Twitter feed at the time — started legal moves against it.

In Spain, prostitution is neither legal nor illegal but it is tolerated.

Although it is not recognised as employment, there is a large number of licensed brothels throughout the country.