For years Hollywood has been sending out conflicting messages about what’s really like to work in the sex trade. If you’ve watched films such as Risky Business or Pretty Woman, then the chances are you have a romanticized view of what it is to be at the mercy of anyone willing to pay a high enough price.

But in reality, there is nothing too desirable about the unconventional job, as one legal brothel worker will tell you.

Alice Little works at the Moonlite Bunny Ranch in Nevada, a state where sex work is legal. At only 4ft 8″, the New York-native is a pint-sized star of the sex-for-cash industry – one that she’s been involved with for a majority of her life.

“You may assume my job is primarily about sex, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Sex is assumed — it’s already on the table,” she explained for SheKnows: “What I’m really selling is intimacy.”

However, that idea of “intimacy” is lost when she describes what her job requires daily. “Imagine you’re standing in line, shoulder to shoulder, alongside 20 or more incredibly beautiful women, all vying to be ‘chosen’ by the same man,” she writes, setting the sordid scene. “Stressful, right? Now, picture doing that 12 to 14 hours a day, five days a week. In a nutshell, that’s my job.”

The line-up is a typical element in practically every legal brothel. It essentially means that the client can choose his muse from a collection of women, ensuring that he gets the girl he paid cold hard cash to be with.