|Actress Kareena Kapoor played
a prostitute in the 2003 film Chameli.
Indian society is relatively conservative, and actresses represent a type of sexually liberated woman, with "sexually liberated" meaning a woman who will have sex before marriage.
Some exploit this illusion. Criminals claim that even high-list actresses "might" prostitute themselves for the right price. Since there’s been a historical link between gangsters and the film industry, this doesn’t seem so far-fetched.
Of course, this isn’t true. In reality, pimps employ the classic "bait and switch" tactic. That’s the fraud where what you’re advertising is not what you’re selling. It’s the fake worm (the bait) that hides a hook (the switch) to catch a fish.
Jag Mundhra, a veteran Indian film director, says:
"A very old trick is that a pimp will approach you with a catalogue of famous Bollywood actresses and their prices. After the customer picks the actress he wants, the pimp will call at a very short notice and say the A-list actress of his choice is stuck in a shoot and will suggest an ‘upcoming actress,’ who is actually a prostitute, as a replacement."
Prostitutes and pimps also place ads touting "actresses" who will soon be appearing in upcoming films. The film isn’t made, but the prostitute can now claim to be an actress and charge more money.
It’s all a status game. Since actresses are higher in status than prostitutes, sex with an actress costs more money.
It’s the same in the U.S. The higher your perceived status, the more money you can make having sex, depending on whether you’re a streetwalker, exotic dancer, call-girl, escort, porn-star or actress.
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