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What is sex work?


Sex work is engaging in sexual activity in exchange for money, goods or other agreed items. Sex workers may engage in penetrative sex, sex on film, oral sex, BDSM  (bondage and discipline/domination and submission, sado-masochism) work, escorting or stripping.

All sorts of people work in the industry for all sorts of different reasons. Some people work to fund their way through college or university and see it as a temporary occupation. For others, sex work is something they will do long term.

Sometimes people might adopt a different persona for work that is separate to their personal life. For example, a man who identifies as straight in their private life might have sex with men for work. We believe that in this industry there are no rules except those set by the worker themselves.

Last review: 25/09/2014

Next review: 25/09/2017