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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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Anti-trafficking campaigns, sex workers and the roots of damage

Anti-trafficking campaigns, sex workers and the roots of damage | Sex Work | Scoop.it
Anti-trafficking campaigns have their roots in 19th-century efforts to ‘save’ white women from ‘white slavery.’ Contemporary strategies broaden the stigmatisation and criminalisation, impacting a range of vulnerable communities.
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An eerie, intimate glimpse inside camgirls' empty rooms

An eerie, intimate glimpse inside camgirls' empty rooms | Sex Work | Scoop.it
The environments in which people perform for an online audience prove strangely captivating in and of themselves.

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Why did the media fail to report on a groundbreaking study on the lives of people working in the sex industry?

Why did the media fail to report on a groundbreaking study on the lives of people working in the sex industry? | Sex Work | Scoop.it
On 30 January, a mesmerizing report was launched at the Asia-Pacific Intergovernmental Meeting on HIV in Bangkok: The Right(s) Evidence—Sex Work, Violence And HIV In Asia: A Multi-Country Qualitative Study . It is a ground-breaking piece of work for several reasons. It involved an unusual collaboration among governments, sex-worker organizations, communities, UN agencies, and regional agencies in Indonesia, Myanmar, Nepal and Sri Lanka. It is full of fascinating insights into the lives of women, men and transgender people in the sex industry. It finds compelling evidence of widespread violence. It provides thoughtful, evidence-based analysis on causes and possible solutions. It points to a culture of impunity among the police, doctors, and other powerful players that in turn increases the threats of violence, trauma, disease and despair among sex workers, and by extension their families, communities, and customers. It’s full of first-person accounts.


The ultimate juicy news story, and you’ve never heard of it.
Meena Saraswathi Seshu, secretary general of activist organization Sampada Gramin Mahila Sanstha (Sangram), one of the co-authors of the report, talked with me after I had read the report. I know Seshu. She is articulate, and smart. She knows both the media and the landscape of sex work, having organized sex workers for decades. She fully expected the report to create a splash, but instead, she told me, it was greeted with “absolute and total silence”.


“It was launched in Bangkok—nobody wrote about it. It was launched in Myanmar—nobody wrote about it. The UN distributes it—nobody writes about it. Media came to all the events. People from TV, people from newspapers—they interviewed people like the study’s interviewers, who were all sex workers themselves. And then nobody wrote about it.”

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Sex work and the sex worker

Sex work and the sex worker | Sex Work | Scoop.it
"K" is an intersex, trans and sex worker rights advocate. I interviewed K about their sex work experiences, how the needs of sex workers might be respectfully addressed and the ways in which femini...
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Bad website design stops SEO from working on escort sites

Bad website design stops SEO from working on escort sites | Sex Work | Scoop.it
Many owners of agency websites which continuously fail to achieve a high Google ranking are not always aware the cause of their problems is poor design
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Rape victims' compo cut because of offences such as using MOBILE while driving

Rape victims' compo cut because of offences such as using MOBILE while driving | Sex Work | Scoop.it
Two victims each had £2,200 cut from payouts for injuries suffered during horrific sex attacks as they had convictions for TV licence evasion and theft
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She told how a sex worker she represented was informed by CICA the effects of rape at knifepoint were different for prostitutes, and had her award reduced by a third.

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More-than-Survival Strategies: Sex Workers' Unhappy Stories

This essay examines the contributions of unhappy autobiographical narratives to the sex workers’ rights movement. Dominating sex worker advocacy discourse is a “happy hooker” image that eschews “negative” and “stereotypical” characterizations of prostitutes and other sex workers. But as the internet becomes more and more a site for sex work activism, some unhappy whores are using online autobiographical practices to resist this disavowal of negative experience. While reluctant or coerced engagements in sex work are often referred to as “survival sex work,” unhappy sex workers’ online writing practices function as a more-than-survival strategy, politicizing and resisting rather than disavowing the harms they experience in sex work. After reviewing literary and geographical scholarship on the political disenfranchisement of sex workers and situating this disenfranchisement in Judith Butler’s analysis of “the bad life,” this paper presents two close readings of sex workers’ online autobiographical practices. The first analyzes the discourse of disavowal of unhappy experience in sex worker advocacy and its harmful effects on unhappy sex workers. The second close reading discusses sex workers’ stories about exiting the sex industry, highlighting sex workers’ use of metaphors of space and place to elucidate their experiences. The essay concludes on sex workers’ strategies for more-than-surviving: using the three politicizing tactics identified by Butler to resist their expulsion to the bad life.

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Meet the UK’s best-paid sex worker who's campaigning to rid prostitution of its stigma

Meet the UK’s best-paid sex worker who's campaigning to rid prostitution of its stigma | Sex Work | Scoop.it

Josh said there’s a negative attitude towards sex workers. He is now campaigning for the stigma attached to the industry to end. For him, being an escort is just like any regular job.


“It’s the most practiced since the dawn of man so I don’t understand why people have to make such a big deal of it like it’s some sacred cow.


“The only other job you can be in and learn so much about people is being a psychologist.”

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I've Been a Prostitute for Almost Ten Years, And I Wish I'd Never Started It

I've Been a Prostitute for Almost Ten Years, And I Wish I'd Never Started It | Sex Work | Scoop.it
I am embarrassed to be a sex worker, even though I like my job, I’m good at it, and I’ve made exceptional progress in my career over the past few years.
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Phone Sex & Sex Work: What's Loyalty Got To Do With It?

Phone Sex & Sex Work: What's Loyalty Got To Do With It? | Sex Work | Scoop.it
At Divorce Darling, our very own Darla ponders the question, “What loyalty does a paid sex worker owe to a client?”

Her conclusion that sex workers are not loyal is a wise one.

A sex worker owes no more loyalty to his or her clients than any other business owes their clients. Sex workers have to compete for business and court clients via marketing, offering good customer service, and, of course, providing the sexual services as good or better than advertised. But being “loyal” would make for a business with one client. Would WalMart, McDonald’s, or The Hilton survive with just one client? Nope. Such loyalty is not a business model; it’s a personal or romantic relationship ~ “a relationship.”

Phone sex and other virtual sex services are, as we discussed, masturbatory. Real world flesh sex services may not seem so purely masturbatory ~ but they are not relationship sex either. And that’s why any sex worker who
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Sorry Internet, Not All Sex Is Smut

Sorry Internet, Not All Sex Is Smut | Sex Work | Scoop.it

Starting a business is a big deal. Not only it is pretty challenging economically, personally and socially, but also demands an emotional and psychological investment...


Being a female in the Adult Industry has been quite a ride. From the judgemental eyes of prudes, to the chauvinistic disbeliefs of Industry peers. I expected all of this when I first started. What I did not expect was the ingratitude of the technological era, whose tools made me feel safe to take on this venture in the first place. Social Media such as Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Vimeo, Tumblr and WordPress along with Payment Tools that makes everyone’s business easier like Paypal, are suppose to help us reach more people, send out our message, and grow… But then, why it doesn’t it do that for me?

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Model Centro: Make Your Own Professional Member's Only Site

Model Centro: Make Your Own Professional Member's Only Site | Sex Work | Scoop.it

You make magic, we help you turn it into a business!


When you perform, the outpouring of support from fans feeling the connection is magic. Keep that connection & support flowing even when you’re offline with ModelCentro.


Social networks are great for keeping people connected, but no place to share private moments with your most supportive fans. ModelCentro gives you all the great ways to stay connected of a social network and the privacy & discretion you need by helping you create & run your own VIP paid membership site. No experience required!


...There are absolutely no hidden charges or obligations, no monthly fees either. ModelCentro service charges are  based on a revenue share model - that means you pay only a commission deducted as a percentage from your site revenue. As for obligations - you are free to close your site at any time and stop getting new members. The only obligation you will have is the obligation to your fans who already subscribed. Upon closing down your site you will still need to provide site access and site materials to existing members until their subscription period ends in order to avoid chargebacks and money loss.

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Senate Attorney General Confirmation Deal Jeopardizes Free Speech Online | Center for Democracy & Technology

Senate Attorney General Confirmation Deal Jeopardizes Free Speech Online | Center for Democracy & Technology | Sex Work | Scoop.it

Today, the Senate is set to vote on the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act (JVTA), the bill that last month turned into a partisan battleground over federal funding for abortion and a roadblock to the confirmation of Loretta Lynch as Attorney General. There’s been extensive media coverage of the Congressional logjam, and yesterday there was news that an agreement has been reached to move both issues forward.

Unfortunately, part of the deal to move the bill forward appears to include a version of the SAVE Act which will amend existing federal anti-trafficking law in vague ways that will be used to prosecute online content hosts for third-party content.  This bill, Amendment 273 to the JVTA, closely parallels a version of the SAVE Act that passed the House in January. Almost a year ago, we wrote about the threat that

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The majority of sex workers enjoy their job - why should we find that surprising?

The majority of sex workers enjoy their job - why should we find that surprising? | Sex Work | Scoop.it
Prevalent discourse would have you believe that sex workers are problems to deal with, or victims to ‘save’. But that couldn’t be further from the truth.
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Why Rome Is Forcing Sex Workers Into One District

Subscribe! https://www.youtube.com/user/seekernetwork?sub_confirmation=1 The city of Rome has a prostitution problem so the mayor has just approved a new ...

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Porn Studies | Special Issue: Porn and Labour | Call For Papers

Porn Studies | Special Issue: Porn and Labour | Call For Papers | Sex Work | Scoop.it
Critics of the porn industry are quick to claim its deleterious effects on consumers, and too often presume exploitative abuse of performers. Yet, such arguments ignore the voices of porn performers and producers. It has been the performers and producers themselves who have refused the silencing tactics of stigmatization and shame and spoken candidly in a variety of news and social media venues about their working experiences, their attention to craft and skill, and their efforts towards more ethical, respectful labour conditions. Yet, their strategies of negotiation toward greater self-determination remain problematically undertheorized.

Media and cultural entertainment industries are under greater critical scrutiny around precarious labour, problematic gender and sexual relations, entrenched racism and other forms of prejudice and exclusion, industry convergence, and occupational health and safety. At the same time, critical media and cultural industry scholarship notes an expansion of independent and DIY production, new forms of labour exchange and commercialization, collective and collaborative networking, and audience engagement. Pornography is no different and is, in many ways, leading this entertainment revolution.

This special issue of Porn Studies invites scholars, critics, artists and producers, activists, and educators to explore the contours of Pornography and Labour. Topics may focus on any aspect of pornography production that
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Deadline for submissions is July 1, 2015/

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I am taking a gender and crime course with Rob Duke (above comment) and I believe that it can cover a wide range of fields and studies. Porn is still an industry that I feel is not going away any time soon and the way it is produced and its regulations regarding it are every bit as involved in the social and justice part of our society. It is always good to keep everyone involved.
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The Dutch central bank fires an inspector who failed to report her part-time job

The Dutch central bank fires an inspector who failed to report her part-time job | Sex Work | Scoop.it
THE stock market was invented in 1602 in central Amsterdam, when traders gathered on the New Bridge for the then-disreputable purpose of speculating in shares of the East India Company. Today the New Bridge marks the entrance to Amsterdam’s Red Light District, an area dominated by other trades long considered disreputable but which the city’s liberal government has tried to bring above-board. But even in Amsterdam, sex work has not shed its stigma, as a former supervisor at the Dutch Central Bank (DNB) discovered last year. The Dutch magazine Quote reported this week that the woman was fired last autumn for having secretly moonlighted for years as a self-employed sex worker, out of an address in the heart of the Red Light District.

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Just Say No: Why You Shouldn't Study Sex Work in School

Just Say No: Why You Shouldn't Study Sex Work in School | Sex Work | Scoop.it

Before I finished my BA, I encountered a social worker who was working on her MA. Her politics were generally pro-decriminalization, but she also liked to trade in horror stories about women whose vaginas fell out from having so much sex. She had secured the cooperation of a rescue organization that collaborated with police to be allowed to study their Very Marginalized Whores. She wanted my help nailing down her research question.


“Don’t do this study,” I said. “Find something else to research.”


“OMG why are you so mean?” was more or less her answer.


I’m finishing one MA and starting another right now. In my first MA, I have studied sex work for a few years. In my second MA, I will not study sex work. I am going to explain why, and I hope others in the same position will also choose not to study sex work.

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This Tech Startup Is Helping the Cops Track Sex Workers Online

This Tech Startup Is Helping the Cops Track Sex Workers Online | Sex Work | Scoop.it
Rescue Forensics claims it can scrape "massive quantities of data" from online escort ads and give that information to law enforcement, but advocates for sex workers say that such a service doesn't help anyone.
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More people jumping in to profit by "saving" ~ this time with tech that is dangerous to sex workers and others.

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How Can You Support Porn Stars & Sex Workers?

How Can You Support Porn Stars & Sex Workers? | Sex Work | Scoop.it
Hey Molly, I know you're a supporter and friend of several pornstars and I was wondering what your views are on the industry as a whole - do you believe that the destructive negative side of the industry (eg. the commodification of sex, objectifying women, ingraining unrealistic standards of attractive in men's minds, and causing damage by legitimizing an industry which is often nasty and degrading to actors at a lower level). How do you reconcile these factors with your support. Thanks :)
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Molly given an excellent reply.

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The American Rescue Industry: Toward an Anti-Trafficking Paramilitary

The American Rescue Industry: Toward an Anti-Trafficking Paramilitary | Sex Work | Scoop.it
An investigation into US anti-trafficking organizations shows they are focused on intervening in women's lives without regard to their needs.
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About That Brothel Tester Position...

About That Brothel Tester Position... | Sex Work | Scoop.it
You may have heard about a job posting for a "brothel tester" last month. The posting was made by Kaufmich, a German social network for sex workers, brothels, and other companies in erotic environm...
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Sex Workers WANT to Stop Trafficking - YouTube

Sex workers and advocates for sex workers say why it's important to include them, and their clients, in the fight against sex trafficking. They ARE part of t...
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Porn, Privacy & Face Recognition Technologies ... The Coming Storm (with image) · ACES

New Facial Recognition Programs scan a person's face and fetches all images of that person that are (or have been) published online within seconds and with incredible accuracy.

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What are the implications of emerging technologies like face recognition and biometrics on adult industry performers?

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Sex workers fight back: ‘It’s my choice to be here’

Sex workers fight back: ‘It’s my choice to be here’ | Sex Work | Scoop.it
THE AUSTRALIAN sex work industry has fought back against claims that most sex workers are abused and forced to enter the industry against their own will.
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