A Glimmer of Light In a Dark Industry



Xiona Giovanni, 35, in Jackson Heights, NY


“I was born in Costa Rica and was adopted when I was two years old. I went to Puerto Rico at the age of three. I went to college in Puerto Rico for one year to study business administration but I didn’t like it. I came here eight years ago in 2010.

I’ve been an escort for eleven years. I started when I was twenty-five. If you’re going to do any job, you have to like it. If you don’t like it, you aren’t going to do it. I’m a transsexual. Transsexuals and crossdressers are two different things. A crossdresser is a man who dresses like a woman during sex and a transsexual is a man who has titties like me. Transvestite is a man that do performance or show. I live 24 hours like that.

I’m on hormones. I have nose, cheek, butt and breast implants. ¬†On a typical night, the number of customers I have depends on if I have to pay my cell phone bill, then I just do one customer, that’s it. To pay my rent, I have to work a lot.

I do my makeup when I’m watching tv at 9 p.m. I leave at 10 p.m. and I get on train. I go to the club from 1 to 3 leave at 4 a.m.

I went to jail so many times for prostitution. All my friends are escorts. My friends and my father don’t really know what I do. He is supportive of me by paying for my first implants when I was 31.

I just want a nice apartment with two or three dogs. To relax with my family with money in the bank. That’s it.”