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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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“we never gave up our power”: a conversation with Naomi Sayers

“we never gave up our power”: a conversation with Naomi Sayers | Sex Work | Scoop.it
Naomi Sayers is an Indigenous feminist from the Garden River First Nations, just east of Sault Ste Marie, Ontario, who has also worked as a sex worker in the north of Canada. Naomi shared with A Kiss for Gabriela that some of her current work advocating for the rights of Indigenous people in the sex trade springs from a 2012 workshop organized by the sex worker organization Maggie’s in Toronto on public education and challenging stigma. After attending the workshop, Naomi started telling her own story using her own words and sharing about her own experiences in sex work, challenging the messages she had heard for so many years from authority figures–counselors, doctors, nurses, and the justice system–that indigenous women are victims and incapable of deciding what is right for them.
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How hookup apps and the internet are changing sex work

How hookup apps and the internet are changing sex work | Sex Work | Scoop.it

New technology is disrupting the oldest profession. ...Whether digital technology has been a blessing or a curse for the industry depends on who you speak to.

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Being Yourself: Facebook Gets Personal

Being Yourself: Facebook Gets Personal | Sex Work | Scoop.it

Sex work can be incredibly isolating, and many find solace in connecting with other workers via the internet and, particularly, social media. When sex workers who don't feel comfortable using their legal names are shut out from one of the largest social media platforms in the world, it is a true disservice to those who need community the most.


Cox went on to defend the policy by saying, "It's the primary mechanism we have to protect millions of people every day, all around the world, from real harm." But if Facebook is concerned about protecting people from real harm, it should consider the impact its legal name policy will have on those of us who use pseudonyms to stay safe.

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The Curse Of The Vampire Tubes

The Curse Of The Vampire Tubes | Sex Work | Scoop.it
The Curse Of The Vampire Tubes: If you’ve been wondering what has gone wrong with the porn industry, there’s an interesting article in Slate that may help explain the current state of porn affairs. The article is called Vampir
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Lets Not Import Canada's Sex Work Bill

Lets Not Import Canada's Sex Work Bill | Sex Work | Scoop.it
Sex worker rights advocates see the new Canadian prostitution proposals as a mostly misguided shuffling of the status quo.
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Poetry Brothel puts the bawd in bard

Poetry Brothel puts the bawd in bard | Sex Work | Scoop.it
A party where you can pay to have verse read to you in a bordello-style setting is packing in the punters – but are poetry and sex work really comparable? asks Sarah Theeboom


...Prostitution and poetry, they claim, are not the uneasy bedfellows they might seem. “Sex work and poetry are two of the oldest professions,” says Berger. “Both are incredibly intimate acts that explore love, fantasy and the underside of people.”


Adamski agrees. “It’s all about intimacy. You can have pretty good sex or you can enjoy a poem without it. But if it connects to you intimately, it’s so much better.” And that’s what they sell at the Poetry Brothel, he says: an intimate experience of art with the artist who created it.

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Difficult To Get Data On Sex Workers, New Zealand

Difficult To Get Data On Sex Workers, New Zealand | Sex Work | Scoop.it

As the Justice Ministry described it, calculating the true number is "about as difficult as counting glow-worms in a cave".


Estimates vary from as few as 2,332 to over 15,000, and everything in between.


Even the normally eagle-eyed taxman has no idea, lumping sex work into hospitality or special services.

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Fears of exploitation after low fees for Asian sex workers revealed

Fears of exploitation after low fees for Asian sex workers revealed | Sex Work | Scoop.it
"For the Asian girl $160 for one hour... for the Aussie girl $250 for one hour."
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The burlesque performers who defy convention

The burlesque performers who defy convention | Sex Work | Scoop.it
For Satan's Angel and Big Fannie Annie - legendary performers in the world of burlesque - age is no barrier
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Satan's Angel has appeared many times at Sex Kitten, including this exclusive interview, sharing stories from her past, and news about her documentary.

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Satan's Angel has appeared many times at Sex Kitten, including this exclusive interview, sharing stories from her past, and news about her documentary.

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The competing rights of consenting adults and sex trafficking victims

The competing rights of consenting adults and sex trafficking victims | Sex Work | Scoop.it
Many experts agree that people in the sex trade are there by varying degrees of consent.


Head of the PSNI Organised Crime Branch, Detective Chief Superintendent Roy McComb, told MLAs on the Justice Committee recently that “the greater number of people involved in prostitution here are not victims of trafficking” but added that there is “a spectrum of people” regarding consent and vulnerability.


Similarly, a major study by the Association of Chief Police Officers, called ‘Setting the Record Straight’, found that of 17,000 foreign sex workers in Great Britain, some 15pc were “very vulnerable” and trafficked and that around 32pc were largely independent.

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All work is prostitution (sorta)

All work is prostitution (sorta) | Sex Work | Scoop.it
Sex work should be decriminalized because all forms of work are equal (and everything's basically prostitution anyway).
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Erotica writing tips @ Reddit

Erotica writing tips @ Reddit | Sex Work | Scoop.it
Given that we all know how easy it is for people to write bad sex scenes - the Bad Sex Awards are proof enough of that. What tips so people have...
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The Future of the Commercial Sex Industry in 2030

07.10/2011The future of the [Commercial Sex Industry]. Emily Empel ©
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Some Real (and Unexpected) Reasons Why Men Hire Escorts and Adult Providers

Some Real (and Unexpected) Reasons Why Men Hire Escorts and Adult Providers | Sex Work | Scoop.it
Many curious people outside the escorting business have asked the question of why do women decide to work as escorts? However, equally as fascinating are the reasons why men hire them. While it's easy to settle for the stereotypes that ignorant people go around claiming as the truth, the reality is that there is no concrete answer for what motivates either of these groups of people. I've put together a list of the most common reasons I have encountered and some of them may surprise you.
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Sex workers speak on sex laws

Sex workers speak on sex laws | Sex Work | Scoop.it

Three sex industry insiders have shared their views of the impact of criminalising the purchase of sex in candid interviews with the BBC.

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How Sex Workers Do Their Taxes

How Sex Workers Do Their Taxes | Sex Work | Scoop.it
Want to know what strippers can deduct and how prostitutes declare their earnings? We talked to writer and former sex worker Melissa Gira Grant to find out.
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Shut Up About How I Should Talk About My Sex Work

Shut Up About How I Should Talk About My Sex Work | Sex Work | Scoop.it
It has become kind of okay to say, in some circles, that you did a little sex work, if you put it down to fun or research or empowerment.
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Sex Work Toolkit

Sex Work Toolkit | Sex Work | Scoop.it

Trade Secrets (.pdf) is an excellent resource manual developed by the BC Coalition of Experiential Communities to support health and safety in the sex industry. The guide, designed for sex industry workers and stakeholders in the broader community, aims to create working environments and cultures that adhere to human rights laws, common law and labour standards and aims to stop exploitation, violence, youth involvement and forced involvement in sex work.

Sex workers’ safety tips

Sex work can be a dangerous business especially at the street level. Here are some tips to keep safe and take care. Let’s help others reduce the risks. Pass this on!

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Great tips for first dates as well.

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The untapped wisdom of sex workers

The untapped wisdom of sex workers | Sex Work | Scoop.it
Or the dos and don'ts guide to editorialising on sex work.
How editorialising on sex work effects already deeply ingrained perceptions and prejudices.
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Inside the sex industry: all in a day’s work for these women

Inside the sex industry: all in a day’s work for these women | Sex Work | Scoop.it

They are different ages, come from different ethnic backgrounds, some are married, some are single, some are straight out of school and others are studying. Some are mothers who work a few shifts to pay school fees.

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Occupational Licensing of Strippers Isn't Just Unnecessary, It's Dangerous

Occupational Licensing of Strippers Isn't Just Unnecessary, It's Dangerous | Sex Work | Scoop.it
Dancers and managers at a Washington strip club are suing to stop the county from releasing their IDs to a man who has filed a public records request.
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How Big is the Pornography Industry in the United States?

How Big is the Pornography Industry in the United States? | Sex Work | Scoop.it

Determining the size of the United States pornography industry is no simple task. A perfect picture of how large the pornography industry is would require accurate revenue reports from every entity which produces and distributes pornography. Unfortunately, this specific information is not readily available. Instead, we must rely on statistics and information gathered from a variety of sources over several years.

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How I became a virgin stripper #sexwork

How I became a virgin stripper #sexwork | Sex Work | Scoop.it
Sex work helped me find my sexuality even when I couldn't have sex.
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