Contrary to popular belief, sex workers were more likely than not to report that their work enhanced their wellbeing.
The study shows the negative effects of sex work's criminalisation, including a reluctance of workers to go to police and clients using it as an excuse to abuse workers.
Sex workers deserve justice and protection, too.
Sex workers shouldn't be victims of violent crime and murder at work – and yet they continue to face daily dangers.
Technology has provided both sex workers and their clients greater mobility and anonymity, opening sex work up to new markets.
The car, the phone and the internet have changed the way the sex work industry operates, but debates about regulation have not advanced with new technologies.
In 2016, a UK Home Affairs Committee report highlighted that street-based sex work has diminished significantly over the last two to three decades.
Consensual sex work, like non-commercial sex, mostly happens behind closed doors. Yet stigma toward and ignorance about sex workers makes people panic when we try to talk about reform.
Different local or state government laws apply in different parts of the country in Australia, Germany, the US and Mexico.
Understanding laws that govern sex work can be complicated and confusing, especially because laws are not uniform globally, or even within each country.
Cyntoia after guilty verdict.
Cyntoia Brown was just 16 years old when she shot and killed a man in 2004. Under Tennessee law, she won't be eligible for parole until she is 67 years old. Is such a harsh sentence constitutional?
Our views of who’s at risk of post-traumatic stress disorder might cloud who we think deserves to be treated.
When we think of post-traumatic stress disorder, we tend to think of soldiers returning from war. But other sections of society are far more likely to suffer from repeated bouts of trauma.
Nigerian former sex worker “Beauty” at a social support centre for trafficked girls near Catania in Italy.
Nigerian women migrating to Europe are increasingly aware that work hidden in the form of menial jobs is actually sex work, even though they cannot imagine the brutality that comes with it.
The case of tourist behaviour is especially interesting for debates about ethical decision-making.
Meow Meow stars in Victorian Opera’s ‘Tis Pity.
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Victoria Opera's 'Tis Pity brings a litany of harlots to the stage, but doesn't give its female lead many characters to play with. Indeed it risks capitulating to the very 'male hypocrisy' it seeks to address.
Disabled rights often ignore sexuality.
The German Green Party has proposed that the disabled should be able to claim back money spent on sex on medical grounds.
Governments and campaigners are keeping schtum when it comes to webcamming. It's time to break the silence.
There are around 12,000 sex workers in Israel.
The narrative in Israel about whether men should be able to pay women for sex is changing.
From the depths of the dark web, the identities and location of pimps can be scrubbed.
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Two criminologists wanted to learn the tricks of the trade so they went to the source, interviewing over 70 pimps.
The Home Affairs Select Committee taking evidence in May 2016.
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The laws regulating the sex industry are a mess – MPs are doing an important job examining them.
Sex workers and massage parlours make friendly neighbours and prop up local economies.
Just dirty and disorderly? Sex work has a more complex role in the community than is commonly portrayed.
Gold miners appear after being trapped underground at a mine in Carltonville, west of Johannesburg. Managing their safety has been a major issue as South Africa has among the deepest and most dangerous mines.
When sociologists, driven by their value commitments, go beyond the relative comfort of the classroom and engage with organisations outside the university, they dirty their hands.
International Sex Workers’ Rights Day in San Francisco, 2008.
Empirical evidence and a recommendation from Amnesty International are making it increasingly difficult for naysayers to ignore the ways that sex workers are harmed by criminalization.
Your every fantasy can be brought to life.
It might not surprise you that virtual reality is already being used for sex. But the diversity of virtual sex options might.
Inspired by the French strike, sex workers around the world continue to protest for better rights and conditions.
It’s been more than 40 years since a French sex workers strike kicked off a lively global human rights movement, but their legacy lives on.