Ashley is a unique young woman who took the lemons of her childhood and made them into lemonade. Her mother was “in the business’ and she had traveled with her and it did not seem like it was wrong behavior. She loved her mother and so whatever her mother did must be all right.
You may find her choice of lifestyle distasteful, even immoral from your standards; but the better you know her, the more you will understand why she selected to continue in her profession. It helps when you understand that her school experiences actually motivated her to reject much of what society believed was proper. She was a gifted child who endured the too often teasing that bright children receive and continues without any protection from teachers or staff. She developed a sense of her own strengths as she analyzed the hypocrisy and deceit that becomes norms for social acceptance. It was therefore easy for her to believe that her body, as well as her mind, was hers and she could do with it as she pleased.
To Ashley escorting is a profession. It gives her money, friendship, and sexual gratification, while it frees her to have the time to develop her love of writing. She no longer takes new clients, but has five whom she meets on a regular basis and they comfortably support her. They all appear to be in a win-win situation. I know her writing will get even better, and she does have a lot to say and comment about our cultural biases or beliefs.