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Ex-brothel madam joins sex study

Ex-brothel madam joins sex study | Sex Work | Scoop.it
A former brothel madam is helping new research by Swansea University into students working in the sex industry.

An ex-brothel madam has been enlisted to help in research by Swansea University into students working in the sex industry.

Becky Adams, 44, originally from the Hay-on-Wye area of Powys, worked as a brothel madam in the south of England for 25 years.

The three-year project in Swansea started in June after receiving nearly £500,000 from the Big Lottery Fund.

Ms Adams has lectured students and is writing for the project's website.

The site was set up so student sex workers could share their views in confidence.

Ms Adams, who was educated at a convent in Brecon, advises female students who contact the website.

She also lectured criminology students at Swansea University last month about the sex trade.

The Student Sex Workers' project is led by Dr Tracey Sagar and Debbie Jones from Swansea University's Centre for Criminal Justice and Criminology.

It is unclear how many students are involved in the sex industry in Wales, but researchers hope to reveal what motivates them to join it.

The university project identifies sex work as erotic dancing, web cam sex, phone chat sex, escort work, massage parlour work and work in the porn industry.

Ms Adams, who lives in Milton Keynes, said a website for first-time escorts run by one of her close friends has seen interest soar, especially from students.

"There are so many young women entering the business (sex industry) now that supply is outstripping demand," said Ms Adams, who set up an escort agency with two friends.

"With the financial pressures of student loans it's becoming far more acceptable for young people to turn to sex work to see them through their education.

"Women can earn £1,000 a week from being an escort, but the women who tend to earn the most are the ones who have a good customer base - a few gents they are fond of."

Ms Adams said attitudes towards sex had changed and people were more relaxed with it, which could be another reason why students were engaging in sex work.

But she said people could get hooked on earning big money and that had its drawbacks.

"It's very easy for people to get trapped in the sex industry," she added.

"They are attracted by the money and get hooked on it when they start earning lots. When students graduate they start a job earning a lot less, so the sex industry is hard to give up."

'Professional knowledge'

Ms Adams said she advised young women against doing sex work.

"I'm not sure if people aged 18 and 19 are emotionally mature enough to work in it," she said.

"If they are determined to get involved I advise them to look at their choices, tell them to look at it as a short-term thing and advise them to plan their exit."

Dr Sagar said Ms Adams provided her project with professional knowledge.

"Becky is a champion and supporter of the student sex work project," she said.

"She provides the project with her professional knowledge based on her experience of the sex markets."

National Union of Students Wales women's officer Rhiannon Hedge said most of what was known about students working in the sex industry was anecdotal.

"We want to move beyond hearsay and actually get some evidence so we can better support all students," she said.

The university project is in collaboration with Terrence Higgins Trust, the Integrated Sexual Health Clinic, Cardiff and Vale NHS, NUS Wales and Newport Film School.
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Developing Sex Worker Led Research

Developing Sex Worker Led Research | Sex Work | Scoop.it

For those that saw me at the conference, you most likely were handed a card about my new project, AIT Research, which has been about 2 years in the making and has finally come to fruition. This was originally a partnership between myself and a few activist friends who wanted to develop our own nationwide research survey on human trafficking in the sex trades. Since then, one of our original partners has dropped out of the project, but along with SWOP-Michigan’s Crysta Heart, we’ve created a platform to promote and develop sex worker led research that we hope will uncover some “truths” about our industry, as opposed to much of the biased research about the industry that comes from outsiders.

 

Our first AIT research project, The Erotic Labor Market Survey, or “ELMS” focuses on human trafficking in the various erotic labor/sex industries and was launched last week. With this survey, we hope to gain more accurate stats on how often trafficking occurs in the industry and whether or not workers, clients, and staff of industry establishments are properly educated on how to respond to trafficking situations when they are confronted with them. This project was our own direct response to the trafficking PSA that we created in 2012. One of the conversations that came out the the writing process of that video was that we create a survey for not just sex workers, but for clients and other industry personnel (staff at strip clubs/escort services/porn companies, etc.) on whether or not the can identify a trafficking victim and how they would respond if they did come across one. As we stated in that video, WE are the ones most likely to come into contact with individuals in coercive situations, yet because of the wall between us and most anti-trafficking organizations and efforts, there is little knowledge and education being done about what to do about it.

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Escort license ordinances moving quickly in south metro

Escort license ordinances moving quickly in south metro | Sex Work | Scoop.it

WESTON, Wis. (WSAU) -- Proposals to license escort services in the Wausau area are making rapid progress. 


On Friday, we reported that Wausau Police Chief Jeff Hardel would like to see an escort license ordinance as an additional tool to stop prostitution, and that work is underway on the draft language. Hardel’s wish to have such an ordinance throughout the metro area may happen quickly.

Everest Metro Police Chief Wally Sparks says such an ordinance could be enacted in their jurisdiction as early as next Monday.  “We’ve already got it passed for the City of Schofield. It has passed the Public Safety Committee at the Village of Weston, and for the April 7th meeting, it should be on the agenda. Hopefully, they will take it up and it will be passed at that point.”


If Weston and Schofield’s ordinance passes, and Wausau passes a similar ordinance later, Sparks believes they won’t need identically-worded ordinances.  “The intent is to have a similar ordinance, but either way, the purpose of the ordinance is the same for all of the communities, and that’s to give us another tool for enforcement and hopefully, a tool that serves as a deterrent and keeps people from setting up shop for prostitution services in the Wausau metro area.”


Sparks says having the tools to stop more prostitution will also help stop some of the other dangerous and criminal activity often tied to prostitution.  “It’s a growing problem, and it’s not just the sex-related crimes of prostitution, but a lot of these cases involve drugs, drug trafficking. A lot of times, drugs are exchanged for sex acts and so it affects more than just prostitution.”


So far, there have been two recent undercover sting operations to catch prostitutes and their clients, with ten arrests in the Wausau area since January.


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So many thoughts here...


Fundamentally, can you license something that is currently illegal? Isn't that entrapment or something?


Are we blaming "the drug problem" on sex work / sex workers now? Specifically what drugs?


And a whopping 10 arrests; sounds like there is a HUGE problem. Not.


Since this is abut drugs, how many drug arrests? What drugs?


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Sex & Disabilities

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Among the articles in the Feminist Times series on sex work, was a thought-provoking one about people with disabilities. In Nobody’s Entitled To Sex, Including Disabled People, Philippa Willitts, a...
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You can write erotica too!

You can write erotica too! | Sex Work | Scoop.it
In one of my previous posts, I showed you a picture of myself holding this vintage magazine, and I mentioned that aside from the fact that I loved the cover, its image sparked ideas in my mind abou...
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[Serious][NSFW] Redditors who have partaken in the services of a prostitute, what was the experience like? : AskReddit

[Serious][NSFW] Redditors who have partaken in the services of a prostitute, what was the experience like? : AskReddit | Sex Work | Scoop.it
As many details as you're comfortable with.
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An "Ask Reddit" discussion between supposed clients & the curious; and of course there are negative comments from some hobbyists.

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What Is Your City Masturbating To? - Digg

What Is Your City Masturbating To? - Digg | Sex Work | Scoop.it
The Pornhub Insights blog is responsible for post after post of awesome porn data. So when we decided we wanted to know what people were getting off to in cities like Anchorage, Honolulu and Detroit, we knew exactly who to ask.
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Normal Trailer EN

Normal is a 48 minute creative documentary that brings the real life stories of male, female and transgender migrants working in the sex industry to the screen. Drawing on original interviews with people working in the sex industry in Albania, Italy and the UK, documentary director and anthropologist Nicola Mai reveals their unheard voices.

In Tirana we meet Besnik, an Albanian young man who uses violence to stop his women getting under his skin. In Rome, Catalin is a Romanian minor selling sex to other men as it’s the best job he’s ever had. Having used violence in the past, Adrian, a Romanian young man, now respects his working girl to keep himself safe and out of jail. In London there’s Candy, a Romanian young woman who loves her trafficker to the point of getting convicted for controlling. Alina, a Moldovan woman, decides to work independently in the UK sex industry after having been trafficked. We also meet Cynthia, a transgender woman selling sex to feed her estranged family while waiting to fix her papers.


These voices often go against the grain of popular expectations that most migrant sex workers are exploited and forced to sell sex against their will. Confronting these attitudes, Normal uncovers a layered, human story of migration and sex work. What we hear are unexpected, disturbing, sometimes moving and often contradictory life stories. The viewer is continually challenged by the truth of their words, their dreams and the lives that they lead. All the characters are portrayed by actors, guaranteeing the anonymity and safety of the original interviewees

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Make Sure the Enema Hose is Clamped (And other words of advice from a sex worker)

Make Sure the Enema Hose is Clamped (And other words of advice from a sex worker) | Sex Work | Scoop.it

When people hear the phrase, "Sex Work," they often picture either a prostitute or a dominatrix. What are some other forms of sex work that people may not think of so quickly?

Cam girls, phone sex workers, fetish models, escorts, strippers, porn actors, massage parlor managers … I could go on :) It’s important to remember that “sex worker” is a self- ascribed term. A sex shoppe owner, for example, may identify as a sex worker, as may someone who runs the front office of an escort agency -- or, they may not.

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Whorephobia on Tumblr

Whorephobia on Tumblr | Sex Work | Scoop.it

It annoys me how everyone on tumblr who is a stripper refers to other strippers as “sex workers”


I AM NOT A SEX WORKER.

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Safety Shoes For Sex Workers

Safety Shoes For Sex Workers | Sex Work | Scoop.it
The Aphrodite Project, named for the patron goddess of sex workers, has brought the strategies of sex workers' past to solving the needs of sex workers today by inventing what can best be described...
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History & Educational Facts About Sex Work

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Sex Worker Meetups

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Working to facilitate meetups and friendships within the sex worker community. Posts should NEVER include meeting location or personal information. All the posts should be used for is networking for...
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The Old Advertising Mantra

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Magazine Advertising
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How to Price Your Romance eBOOK

How to Price Your Romance eBOOK | Sex Work | Scoop.it

What do prices tell you about the quality of an eBook?

 

 

Writers

How do you price your books?


Readers

At what price are you comfortable buying a Romance eBook?

 

 

Please leave your comments...


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Would this, should this, be the same for erotica?

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Are You Being Sex Trafficked?

Are You Being Sex Trafficked? | Sex Work | Scoop.it

Are you a working girl or a Nick Kristof rescue waiting to happen? Take this quiz and find out!

Being a sex worker means that people constantly try to explain to me that I’m a victim who doesn’t know what I’m doing to myself—either that or I must be one of those very empowered, very expensive whores who gets paid thousands of dollars to lounge around in my underwear, enjoying life. The reality of my almost two decades of sex work has swung back and forth, but mostly it’s been squarely, complexly, somewhere in the middle. I’ve been paid hundreds of dollars to receive full body massages. I’ve happily cuddled up to a sweet man and a bottle of champagne in the VIP room until his credit card broke several thousand dollars later. And I’ve had sex with men I didn’t really feel like ever seeing again because I needed the house payment, my truck was about to be repossessed, and I was down to my last 20 bucks.

It’s exciting to think that women in the sex industry are forced into sexual bondage by evil men, but the boring reality is that most often we have to go to work to pay the bills, just like everyone else. Sometimes it’s great and sometimes it’s not, but that doesn’t make our consent—or our right to claim our own agency—any less.

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Of Feminism & Inequality In Porn & Sex Work

Of Feminism & Inequality In Porn & Sex Work | Sex Work | Scoop.it

The Feminist Times has an excellent series on sex work, covering a diverse range of issues. (Sadly, it is only found by searching for the hashtag #SexIndustryWeek, as if finding it on Twitter was more important than a person being able to find all the discussion on the site.) Because it is a diverse series, there are plenty of articles I do not agree with; but that’s what makes it a good discussion, so, please, do take the time to read them. However, there’s one article in particular that raised my hackles and prompts me to write today ~ primarily because it has gone without comment. Such absence of comment might make people think it is “right”. And it is not.

The article is #SexIndustryWeek: Dworkin Was Right About Porn, by VJD Smith of Glosswatch. In it, Smith uses the words of Andrea Dworkin to align all porn as patriarchal misogyny abusing and raping female victims:

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Some of the assumptions feminists make about sex work and porn; insightful.

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Negative aspects involved in feminist arguments against porn and sex work.

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A Look Inside A Phone Sex Hobbyist's Mind

A Look Inside A Phone Sex Hobbyist's Mind | Sex Work | Scoop.it
When phone sex operator come phone sex consultant Lynn met Tom, a man with some pretty strong phone sex calling habits (he has over 500 phone sex operators in his list of favorites alone!), she dub...

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Phone sex, sex addiction, hobbyists...

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OK, So Here's The Thing... #sexwork #erotica

OK, So Here's The Thing... #sexwork #erotica | Sex Work | Scoop.it

When I began writing erotica and non-fiction articles on sexuality I took a pen name for privacy. But it might surprise those of you who do not write to know that one of the biggest reasons was to separate one writing career from another.

Anyone who writes, as a profession or a hobby, knows that over-all perception of erotica authors is poor and no where is this belief held more firmly than within the writing community. "They're not real writers," other they say (or type). It's not just that we dare to write about sex (or even profit from it) but if we write about it, it must be because we "can't really write" and this is our last resort.

Anyone who writes erotica (dirty stories, erotic literature, porn -- whatever you choose to call it) will tell you that writing smut takes extra skill. For not only must you obey all the rules of writing but you must make it arousing too. Just trying to find synonyms for "cock" (without sounding cliched) and "orgasm" (virtually non-existent) is a challenge. But 'the real writers' will giggle and sneer. I've seen the cruelty in writer's groups and online forums firsthand.

Even mainstream editors and publications may reject your work on these very notions, or just from the fear of any association. Even for non-fiction works this happens. Mention you write 'about sex' in any fashion (or have them discover you do so) and you're blackballed. So in order to preserve my professional mainstream writing reputation, I created a pen name upon joining the ranks of smut writers.

You'd think that a group which has experienced such persecution and unfair devaluation would be wiser. But they are not.

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Secondhand Rose: Do I Kiss & Tell? (Or, Why Sex Pros Make Better Bloggers)

Secondhand Rose: Do I Kiss & Tell? (Or, Why Sex Pros Make Better Bloggers) | Sex Work | Scoop.it

Whether an escort, a Dominatrix, porn actor, stripper, a phone sex operator, or 'just' an author, we all learn quickly to take a stage name and live two lives. One life belongs to the entertainer; the other with family and friends.

We do this for several reasons.

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Sex Blogger Directory - Top Sex Bloggers

Sex Blogger Directory - Top Sex Bloggers | Sex Work | Scoop.it
The best sex-positive bloggers on the Web
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A growing list of sex positive blogs ~ and you can submit your blog as well.

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A growing list of sex positive blogs ~ and you can submit your blog as well.

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Phone Sex Operator "Little Black Book" Tool Survey

Phone Sex Operator "Little Black Book" Tool Survey | Sex Work | Scoop.it
Phone sex operator Sarah Collins is developing a website application tool for the PSO industry called Black Book Vault (BBV). Like me, Sarah is a data hound, always using data to improve her busine...
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This could be excellent for escorts and other sex workers as well!

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Of Mail Order Romance & Smut

Of Mail Order Romance & Smut | Sex Work | Scoop.it

While it is possible that Ms. Brosmer (or Mrs. Weider) simply signed away rights to her name to some photographer, it is even more likely that she and her husband, body builder turned health and fitness king Joe Weider, simply saw money to be made. It was Brosmer, after all, who was the first model to get residuals every time her photo was published, so why shouldn’t she make money off selling her photos directly to the consumer?

In truth, many of the pinup models and burlesque performers ran their own side businesses, selling photographs, autographs, etc. Lily St. Cyr sold lingerie. Lynne O’Neill, The Original Garter Girl, not only had one of these businesses, but apparently kept quite a bit of the correspondence from fans.

Like the models and performers of today, these women...

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Review Site For Phone Sex Operators

Review Site For Phone Sex Operators | Sex Work | Scoop.it

Tom Cat’s Phone Sex Reviews is not a phone sex directory or topsite, where placement or “ranking” is based on how much a PSO pays or how many “hits” a PSO sends to the site. It is not a bunch of spammy listings or fake reviews. It is a real review site where each and everyphone sex operator listed has actually been reviewed by an experienced phone sex caller.


There’s no “pay to play” schemes, no cheating to get to the top of the list or to get better ratings, no spam or scams for PSOs or callers. While I will be using some affiliate links (primarily for additional information on trends, popularity, and client interests), this review site isn’t about money; it’s all about the phone sex & the phone sex girls. It’s all about callers being able to find quality phone sex operators — and it’s a chance for quality PSOs to get some recognition without having to pay for it.

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Want To Win The War On Poverty? Rebuild The Labor Movement

Want To Win The War On Poverty?  Rebuild The Labor Movement | Sex Work | Scoop.it
When conservative Ohio Governor and former Lehman Brothers executive John Kasich feels compelled to remind his fellow conservatives that upon entering Heaven, “Saint Peter is probably not going to ask you much about what you did about keeping government small. But he is going to ask you what you did for the poor,” you know poverty has reached center stage.

From the homilies of Pope Francis, to New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's (pictured) inauguration speech, poverty and its close cousin inequality are playing starring roles in the current political discourse. The President’s 2015 budget proposal, released earlier this month, calls for a significant increase in federal spending on anti-poverty programs, and while these proposals are likely DOA in the Republican-controlled House, Democrats across the land have promised to campaign on the issue leading up to the 2014 midterm races. This year, then, appears little different from much of 2013: the spotlight on poverty shows no sign of dimming.

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And include sex workers in the labor movement; perhaps not unions per se, but in valuing workers & workers rights ~ and sex work as work.

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Not necessarily all feminist; but unions have their place in feminism and other battles of equality -- and unions are the way to cease this war on the masses.

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Nordic sex-trade strategy gaining steam

Nordic sex-trade strategy gaining steam | Sex Work | Scoop.it
Momentum is building for a new prostitution law modelled on Sweden's rules, heralded by Conservative... - Local - Winnipeg Free Press.
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"It contributes to the stigma and it pushes sex work underground and fuels exactly the kind of things the Conservative government wants to stop," said Ferris.

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Student auctions her virginity for online notoriety

Student auctions her virginity for online notoriety | Sex Work | Scoop.it

Despite the fact that Raine appears thrilled to make the transition “from virgin to literal whore”, in positioning herself “above” sex workers by insisting that she will lose it only for “exorbitant” sums of money, Raine’s project smacks decidedly of classism and whorephobia.


In her book about virginity in America, The Purity Myth, Jessica Valenti wrote, “What’s the difference between venerating women for being f-ckable and putting them on a purity pedestal? In both cases, women’s worth is contingent upon their ability to please men and to shape their sexual identities around what men want.”

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As this (maybe not real?) woman proposes to sell her virginity, she slams sex work & feminism.

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