Sex work is "the exchange of sexual services, performances, or products for material compensation. It includes activities of direct physical contact between buyers and sellers as well as indirect sexual stimulation". Sex work only refers to voluntary sexual transactions; thus the term does not refer to human trafficking and other coerced or nonconsensual sexual transactions such as child prostitution. The transaction must take place between consenting adults who are of the legal age and mental capacity to consent and must take place without any methods of coercion, other than payment. The term emphasizes the labor and economic implications of this type of work. Furthermore, some prefer the use of the term because it grants more agency to the sellers of these services.
Due to the legal status of some forms of sex work and the stigma associated with sex work, the population is difficult to access; thus there has been relatively little academic research done on the topic. Furthermore, the vast majority of academic literature on sex work focuses on prostitution, and to a lesser extent, exotic dancing; there is little research on other forms of sex work. These findings cannot necessarily be generalized to other forms of sex work. Nonetheless, there is a long documented history of sex work and its personal and economic nature. (Full article...)
An escort agency is a company that provides escorts for clients, usually for sexual services. The agency typically arranges a meeting between one of its escorts and the client at the customer's house or hotel room (outcall), or at the escort's residence (incall). Some agencies also provide escorts for longer durations, who may stay with the client or travel along on a holiday or business trip. While the escort agency is paid a fee for this booking and dispatch service, the customer must negotiate any additional fees or arrangements directly with the escort for any other services that are not provided by the agency involved, such as providing sexual services (regardless of the legality of these services). (Full article...)
Image 19Statue to honor the sex workers of the world. Installed March 2007 in Amsterdam, Oudekerksplein, in front of the Oude Kerk, in Amsterdam's red-light district De Wallen. Title is Belle, the inscription says "Respect sex workers all over the world." (from Prostitution)
Andrea Absolonová (26 December 1976 – 9 December 2004), better known by the pseudonym Lea De Mae, was a Czech diver and a member of the Czech high diving national team, later an adult model and pornographic actress. She died from brain cancer on 9 December 2004, at the age of 27. (Full article...)
Carol Leigh, a.k.a. The Scarlot Harlot (born 1951, New York City) is an American artist, author, film maker, and sex workers' rights activist. She is credited with coining the term "sex worker" and currently chairs the Sex Worker Film and Arts Festival and is the director of BAYSWAN, the Bay Area Sex Worker Advocacy Network. (Full article...)
He has been involved in the pornographic industry since the early 1970s. A native of upstate New York, he first started performing in San Francisco in 1974, and went on to appear in more than 1,000 videos. In the early 1990s, Silvera went on to direct videos for his own company. His movies were first distributed by Devil's Film, and he later was invited to join John Stagliano's Evil Angel. (Full article...)
Mia Khalifa (/miːəkəˈliːfə/; Arabic: ميا خليفة, romanized: Miyа̄ Ḵalīfah; born 1993) is a Lebanese-American media personality, former pornographic actress and webcam model. She began acting in pornography in October 2014, becoming the most viewed performer on Pornhub in two months. Her career choice was met with controversy in the Middle East, especially for a video in which she performed sexual acts while wearing a hijab. (Full article...)
Sunderland in 2015
Kendra Jane Sunderland (born June 16, 1995) is an American model and pornographic film actress. She became known as "Library Girl" after a webcam video featuring an amateur performance in the Oregon State University student library went viral in 2015. In 2020, she signed a contract with the pornographic production company Brazzers. (Full article...)
Candice Caleb (November 13, 1961 – May 6, 2016), known professionally as Candye Kane, was an American blues singer, entertainer and adult film star. She loved to sing as a young girl and even appeared on "The Gong Show," as a kid. She dreamed of a successful music career and did get some music gigs, but worked in the adult entertainment industry briefly in the early to mid 1980s during porn's golden age to help finance her music career. Candye was recognized as an award-winning singer, songwriter, and performer in the blues and jazz genres. She was included in the books Rolling Stone Guide to Jazz and Blues,Elwood's Blues by Dan Aykroyd, The Blueshound Guide to Blues,AllMusic, and other blues books and periodicals. (Full article...)
Did you know...
... that a report by Chinese journalist Chen Jieren on university students turning to prostitution to pay for their tuition fees sparked a major debate about prostitution in China?