What exactly is Sex Work?
Sex work is any type of labor or activity where the main goal is to create a sexual or erotic response in someone. Sex work includes prostitution, but it isn't just limited to that. Forms of sex work includes (but is not limited to) a bunch of other things such as stripping, erotic dancing, pro-dom/pro-sub work, webcam modeling, sensual massage, nuru massage, adult film work, pornographic art, fetish modeling
, phone sex operating, being a sugar
baby and so much more.
What Are The Top Myths on Prostitution & Sex Work In The Media?
Most media coverage on the sex trade focuses on street prostitution, youth prostitution, and trafficking of minors. It is very unfortunate but a substantial portion of the facts and figures referenced online and in the media in the world are completely misconstrued or based on studies of particularly vulnerable and small populations of sex workers on a global scale. Below we have listed just a few small examples:
Myth: 300,000 children are trafficked in the U.S. each year.
Myth: The average adolescent or adult prostitute or adult industry professional is a male or female who is virtually a slave to a pimp, a prostitution ring or even an organised crime family.
Fact: According to a study of New York adolescents in the sex trade, about half of adolescents are male or transgender. Only 8% were coerced and influenced into entering the sex industry in some form or fashion.
Myth: Approximately 68 percent of sex workers report post-traumatic stress disorder on the same level as those who served in military combat.
This statistic refers to individuals in nine countries who were contacted via social service organizations, and the methodology behind this study has never been released to the public. The psychological affects of prostitution are remarkably variable depending on the sector, country, upbringing, race, religion, beliefs and most importantly the individual worker and the total sum of their life experiences.
Myth: The average age of entry in the sex trade or adult entertainment is 13 or 14 years old.
Fact: This figure references informal knowledge of social workers working with adolescents and ‘survivor’ organizations whose sole focus is on rescuing people from bad situations. Indoor sex workers, who comprise over 80% of the industry, are significantly less likely to enter as adolescents.
Myth: The sex trade is inherently harmful and very dangerous.
Fact: Violence, mental, physical health risks, and marginalization are not inherent to the sex trade, any more than they are inherent to sexual identity or orientation. Stigma and criminalization are the root causes of harms directly related to sex work. These harms are compounded by intersecting oppression for large numbers of sex workers.
Myth: Prostitution is violence against women, men & the LGBT community (or gang rape, or slavery).
Fact: Although violence, particularly against street workers, is common, most violence is perpetrated by non-clients, individuals who pose as clients, law enforcement officials, and a very small proportion of clients. The same goes for clients of indoor workers. While news reports frequently vilify clients of sex workers, even abolitionist organizations recognize diversity in what motivates clients to solicit prostitutes.
Outcome Of These Harmful & Hateful Discriminations:
In other words, the overwhelming majority of sex worker clients do not perpetrate violence against sex workers. And the central cause of violence is institutional alienation of sex workers from law enforcement protection and a justice system that leads most sex workers to distrust and fear law enforcement officials. Violent individuals do not fear repercussions and prey on sex workers in particular. Most interactions between sex workers and law enforcement involve arrest, and law enforcement and judicial system officials frequently ignore or doubt reports by sex workers. So sex workers either do not report sexual and physical assault to law enforcement or law enforcement officials do not sufficiently respond to complaints, and individuals remain free and continue to perpetrate crimes against sex workers or even members of society not involved in the sex trade or sex industry.
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