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.
Is the status quo really that bad? Our expert talks us through the arguments about the 'oldest profession'.
The number of child street hawkers is on the rise in Nigeria.
Children who hawk goods on their heads on Nigeria's streets face an array of health hazards and physical dangers. The government must take steps to reduce this practice.
Rentboy.com is busted in New York City.
Ignoring the protests of Hollywood actresses, Amnesty International has come out for the decriminalization of prostitution.
While being supported by many sex industry groups, feminists have labelled Amnesty International's decriminalisation of prostitution a betrayal of women's rights.
The criminalisation of any aspect of consensual sex work has been shown to increase sex work stigma.
There is a wider social, economic and cultural context in which sex work occurs. The criminalisation of consensual adult sex work does not prevent violence – it exacerbates it.
Due to the lack of reliable statistics surrounding human trafficking, there is no real scope of how large the problem really is, making it more difficult to police.
Human trafficking is a major source of misery around the world. The absence of reliable statistics to determine its enormity has led to inflated guesstimates that harm efforts to combat the scourge.
The need for human contact is a less discussed side of the sex trade.
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The nordic model fails people who have limited options for sexual fulfillment.