(Mitchell Sunderland, Broadly.) – Suummer Sebastian is a Nevada girl. When I first met her, she was running around the back of the licensed brothel Moonlite Bunny Ranch wearing only a towel. At Bunny Ranch owner Dennis Hof‘s birthday party, Summer wore a leather hoop dress and bounced around the room, saying hello to every customer. As another sex worker sang Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud” to her john (Hof hosted an annual “Hooker Talent Show” at his party), Summer writhed on a red couch.
The 30-year-old was full of life, but three months ago, she worried she had developed cancer. “I have a cancer history,” she explains in a phone call. She went to a doctor and spent roughly $600 on blood work. He returned with shocking news.
“It turned out it was pregnancy,” Summer says, adding that her 70-year-old boyfriend impregnated her. And while another working girl might have decided to quit her job, Summer chose to keep hooking.
“I want to make a statement that supports the right of a woman to choose… to work as a prostitute while pregnant!” she announced on her blog. Publicizing her pregnancy is part of Summer’s political worldview, and she hopes her story makes people consider a woman’s right to choose her lifestyle.
“If society already looks down on me for being a working girl (even though legal), you can imagine what they will probably think of a pregnant working girl,” she wrote in her post. “Even other working girls sometimes look down on pregnant working girls. But I’ve never been one to let myself be intimidated by what others thought.”