The world's oldest profession—and its newer cousin industries such as phone sex and cam shows—isn't just about sex. Often it's about giving clients the kind of sex (and often just the kind of emotional/physical connection) that they can't get at home. Sometimes, it's because a client has a weird kink that they only feel comfortable revealing to a professional who won't reveal it to others. Other times, whether it's due to injury, trauma, or a bad domestic life, the stories of unusual requests people have—like simply being held—can be almost heartbreaking. One thing is for certain, though: in a world where revealing these things is impossible for most sex workers, the Internet is a godsend for these stories. Here, compiled from several different AskReddit threads, are 17 of the most fascinating tales from women and men whose time and attention are in high demand.