Samantha X was 15 when she first knew she wanted to be a sex worker.
“I knew from a very young age, I always knew I was going to do it,” she says in the teaser for Mamamia’s new Sealed Section podcast. “I came from a very good family in London, went to private school, went to university, my father was a lawyer, my mother was Persian royalty almost… so I used to ring brothels and massage places and hang the phone up.”
“I remember when I first learnt how to drive, my doctor’s office was opposite a brothel, and I used to just park the car and just watch the people going in and out. So I was always fascinated with that world.
“Then I moved to Australia, became a journalist, and I interviewed these strippers, and I was just so amazed by these women. I was just so impressed with them, they were so strong. I went in thinking I was going to be with these junkies and it’s going to be horrible and dirty… but one was at uni, one was a single mum, they were really smart, strong… and I just loved their confidence.
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And I didn’t want to be the journalist, I wanted to be the stripper, and they kept saying, ‘put a dress on, put a dress on’, and I really wanted to put the dress on and go out on stage, but I was too shy, had a boyfriend… so I always knew it was in me.”
Samantha X, whose real name is Amanda Goff, is well known as Australia’s highest paid escort.
After just six years in the industry, she earned such a reputation that a single hour of her company would cost $1200.
But speaking to Mia Freedman recently on No Filter, Samantha X explained that the $1200 definitely did not buy her clients free rein.
“There’s no way anything goes near my bottom,” the 44-year-old said. “I don’t care how much someone offers me, nothing goes near my bum.”
At the end of last year, Goff left the business, citing her new relationship with Channel Seven reporter Ryan Phelan as her reason for leaving. “The love we have deserves Amanda, not Samantha,” she told Daily Mail at the time.
While she has since split with Phelan, she doesn't plan on returning to sex work. She is, however, very open about all things sex in a brand new podcast with the Mamamia Podcast Network called Sealed Section, which promises to give listeners the type of sex chat you wish you could have with your girlfriends.
Speaking about sex work with co-host Dr. Lauren Rosewarne, a Senior Lecturer at Melbourne University who is as kinky as she is clever, Samantha X says, "It's not about sex, it's about power."
"My sex life, you'll be so surprised, it's so boring. But I love the power. I love gliding into a hotel room, I loved the counting of the green notes, the champagne, the trembling men, you know, the men would always be so nervous.
"Being a single mum, it's the flexibility of being able to work three hours a week and make a month's wages."
You can listen to the Sealed Section podcast from May 6.