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.
Full decriminalisation of sex work is advocated by many health and human rights organisations around the world. Sex workers in New South Wales kick-started the process 40 years ago.
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.
Understanding laws that govern sex work can be complicated and confusing, especially because laws are not uniform globally, or even within each country.
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Rio's sex workers were hoping the 2016 games would also boost their trade – but they were wrong.
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 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.
The narrative in Israel about whether men should be able to pay women for sex is changing.
Two criminologists wanted to learn the tricks of the trade so they went to the source, interviewing over 70 pimps.
The laws regulating the sex industry are a mess – MPs are doing an important job examining them.
Mobility is not only a risk factor for HIV – it is also a structural determinant in how HIV responses are designed and implemented.
Sex workers in South Africa are all potential criminals due to the country's regressive laws. But their status may change soon, making South Africa the first African country to decriminalise sex work.
Moves to criminalise sex work are facing tough opposition from those in the industry.
A conference highlighting the oppression of sex work was held in Melbourne over the weekend. But online protesters campaigned against the event, targeting the university hosting it.
Is the status quo really that bad? Our expert talks us through the arguments about the 'oldest profession'.
Rentboy.com is the oldest and most popular website for male sex workers, who pay a monthly fee to advertise to and connect with potential clients. Its fall this week will leave a void in the market.
While being supported by many sex industry groups, feminists have labelled Amnesty International's decriminalisation of prostitution a betrayal of women's rights.