Pictured: the leather-clad difference between the letter and the spirit of the law.
"However, the definition of what constitutes prostitution varies more that you'd think, depending on where you live," Holland goes on. For example, in Holland's state, getting paid to painfully prod a dude's undercarriage (known as CBT, or cock-and-ball torture) is A-OK, legally speaking -- as long as you wear gloves. There has to be a barrier, which is why the ladies at Holland's dungeon also always wear panties. There can also be no exchange of fluids, which gets more complicated than you'd think. For example, the iconic whip is in fact rarely used in Holland's establishment because it can draw blood, which is a fluid.
"In some cities, kissing or spitting is considered 'exchange of fluids' and therefore can be defined as prostitution," Holland says. Pretty Woman taught us that prostitutes don't kiss, so that seems superfluous, but countless customers who have bizarrely popular spitting fetishes must have been disappointed.
"If there's no spitting, what's the point? I can get beat and handcuffed by the police for free."
This is part of the reason that "before each session, we sit down with the client and discuss what they want to do," Holland says. Yep, just like when you open a checking account. At that time, you can gently break it to them whether what they want to do is out of bounds, either for legal reasons or simply because that particular submissive isn't down. "For example, there are some girls who will never do nipple torture or use ball gags," Holland says. "No one who works at the dungeon has to do anything on any given day that they aren't cool with. But that said, if you aren't comfortable with a lot of things, you won't make any money." She insists that most clients are perfect gentlemen/women, but sometimes ...