Britain's Channel 4 introduced the UK to the world of senior citizen sex workers last night in their eye opening documentary, My Granny The Escort.
The show featured three “mature women" who make bank from selling their bodies—Sheila Vogel-Coupe, 85, Beverly, 64, and the mysterious Sophie who wears a mask throughout filming to protect her identity.
Sheila, who is a mom of 3, grandmother of 3 and great-grandmother of 2, explains she works as an escort because she “loves sex."
“I get lonely and like the companionship of a gentleman, but if you want the honest truth, I do it because I love sex," she admits.
"Even thinking about it makes me feel better."
The twice widowed octogenarian was late to the prostitution game, taking it up just four years ago, at the ripe old age of 81—but she's taken to it like a duck to water, raking in a whopping $400 an hour and entertaining up to 10 clients a week—some as young as 20-years old.
“Men, especially young men, see something about me," she explains. “It's a nice feeling. Men call me up and they say, 'oh will you please go on talking because you're turning me on and I'm having a wank while I'm talking to you."
“I know I'm very, very sexy," she adds.
Sadly, Sheila, who is currently being forced to take a break from work due to an operation six weeks ago, has been shunned by her family—save one daughter—after they learned of her new profession.
Sheila's double life was revealed after she became the subject of an undercover investigative report by the now-defunct News of the World. There was particular interest in her story at the time as her granddaughter was one of the finalists on the UK version of the X-Factor.
“You'd think I had committed a murder," Sheila says of her family's reaction. “They couldn't believe it. I said, 'What do you think I've done?' But everyone thinks about things differently I guess.
“They wanted me to promise I would never do it again, but I told them to stuff it."
Sheila, who proudly shows off one of her sex tapes during the documentary, says she has no plans to quit hooking any time in the future.
“It makes me feel proud that, at my age, I've preserved my body so well and men love it," she says. “I'm not ready to stop yet."
One of the reasons she says, is that she would miss the company and attention of members of the opposite sex if she retired.
“It doesn't begin and end with sex, there's also companionship," Sheila says. “I've been on my own for the last 8 or 9 years and I do get lonely. So I do like the companionship of a gentleman."