WHEN Marie Rose was just five years old, she found pictures of her mum stripped off in dominatrix gear, in a sexy magazine.
The memory only came back to her when, aged 12, mum Charlotte admitted the truth about her job in the sex industry – and all her daughter's suspicions clicked into place.
Marie, 20, a student at Goldsmiths University, London, says she's never been ashamed or embarrassed of her mum's job as an escort – and is proud of the way she helps people.
Speaking to Fabulous, she says: "When I was five, I found a magazine on the top of a kitchen cupboard, where my mum had done a photo shoot in dominatrix wear.
"It was hidden away but I was having a snoop. I showed it to my brother and said 'this looks like Mum, it can't be her, can it?'
"We never mentioned it again but when I asked her almost a decade later, she confirmed it was her.
"I always knew her job was a bit unconventional, because she worked a lot of evenings and weekends, so I was suspicious when she told me she worked in computing.
"Mum told me the truth about her job when I was 12 and I wasn't shocked, I thought 'that's much better than a boring office job'.
"It was great to know my hunch was right and I appreciated her finally telling me."
Mum told me the truth about her job when I was 12 and I wasn't shocked, I thought 'that's much better than a boring office job'
Marie grew up with single mum Charlotte, who worked in the sex industry from the age of 17, and an older brother, 21, who she doesn't want to name.
Although she is in contact with her dad, Marie rarely saw him and spent a lot of her time at school breakfast club or after school club while her mum was working, or with childminders at home.
Charlotte did her best to keep her job a secret until Marie was 12.
She only confessed when someone tried to blackmail her, threatening to out her job if she didn't give them free sex or money, so Charlotte decided it was better the truth came from her.
Marie says: "Mum and I weren't close like we are now when I was growing up.
"She was a single mum and, although she took great care of us, I didn't have her around very much.
"It massively stunted our relationship. As a young girl growing up, your mum is the person you need to be around the most.
"She always reminded my brother and me she was working to provide a life for us and put a roof over our heads, but we didn't establish a deeper connection until I was about 14.
"Mum’s clients never came to the family home. I’ve never met any of them and I've never wanted to.
"If I was in the street with her and we saw a previous client, I don’t think I’d feel very comfortable.
"Mum's been very open about the backlash she's faced over her job, we were evicted from our rental home in Devon in 2014 and our home in London in 2016 because of it, but I'm not ashamed of what she does.
"If people do judge, it’s down to them. I’m very happy being myself, loving my mum and the industry she works in. It’s no skin off my nose if people are upset about it.
"I’m not bothered about people’s negative opinions. I will happily educate them about the industry, but if people want to be negative to me I’ve not got the time to listen to it."
I’ve never met any of Mum's clients and I've never wanted to. If I was in the street with her and we saw a previous client, I don’t think I’d feel very comfortable
Marie opened up to just one friend when her mum first revealed her job, telling another trusted pal every year until she left school.
But since moving to London for uni, she's completely open about her links to the sex industry – telling friends from the day she meets them.
She says: "I’m so proud of my mum, she’s an icon to me, she is my inspiration.
"There need to be more women like her actively voicing their role in the industry and supporting people who need it.
"All my friends know about my mum's job, I remember when I first moved to London a friend asked for her name.
"When I told her, she gasped and said 'THE Charlotte Rose?' I said 'yes, that's my mamma'.
"That boosted my ego, to know she's having an impact on people who aren't even clients.
"My friends all love it, I don't have one who's been nasty about it but they'll ask questions, people always want to know more.
"They come to my mum for relationship advice or to ask about going into the sex industry, which I think is great.
"I'm very blessed not to receive nasty feedback from people.
"I didn't have a large group of friends at school, so I just told the people I was closest to and trusted.
"Now I’ve openly got a petition about sex workers’ rights in my Instagram bio. I know my friends are mature enough to understand now.
"A lot of people wouldn't have been able to handle that conversation at school age, that's why I only told a select few."
Mum Charlotte says:
"When I revealed the secret about my job to my children, it was to protect them.
"If it wasn't for the industry I'm in, I wouldn't have been able to provide Marie with holidays, nice phones and other luxuries.
"For me, the job was very empowering and a confidence boost.
"That's not only helped me personally but allowed me to be a better mum to my children.
"The industry's had many ups and downs in my life, the bad side is society's perception of what I do, and people calling me a whore.
"But the benefit is the liberal relationship and connection I have with my two children and the financial side, especially when I've been evicted and needed cash to find somewhere immediately.
"My relationship with Marie is incredible and I really do believe that's down to the industry.
"The fact both of my children can come to me for any sex related issue is an honour for me, I don't know many parents who have that."
Marie, who's happily single, is always upfront with any potential dates too – but says some have made jibes about her mum.
She explains: "I tell guys straight away. If they do make any remarks like ‘what are her prices?’ then they’re not for me.
"I have had that, which I don’t really appreciate, you’re meant to be here for me and it's in her past now anyway."
Charlotte, who's currently touring the country in a mobile home, reviewing pubs on her YouTube channel, quit the industry last year after the death of her husband Colin Chapman – but still does her weekly radio show Rose Talks Sex.
Although she's proud of her mum's job, Marie – who studies social sciences, youth work & community development – has no plans to join the sex industry herself.
She says: "I have thought about it but I don’t know if that’s for me. I wouldn’t be able to manage the admin side of things.
"I don’t think I’m confident enough to be able to maintain that career with a smile on my face and possibly be put down by negative clients.
"But it does cross my mind a lot, which I think is normal for a lot of young girls."
I tell guys straight away. If they do make any remarks like ‘what are her prices?’ then they’re not for me. I have had that happen
Previously, Charlotte loved working with clients with disabilities, something which Marie says is important to them both.
She adds: "Mum told me about working with disabled clients, she sorted out all of their needs from companionship, just having a conversation, to getting down to the nitty gritty.
"Mum catered for people who were missing out on basic human connections.
"She helped people psychologically as well as physically, she empowered a lot of people.
"When I understood this, I was very happy to give up some of my time with her to make sure other people were happy. I thought it was great – and I still do."
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