A sex worker is a person who is employed in the sex industry.
I used to be an escort girl, callgirl or prostitute, but hey? Times change!
According to the dictionairy I’ve made this promotion!
It does sound a lot nicer then hooker or whore, but nothing actually changed.
Let’s see what Wikipedia has to say about it:
The term is sexworker used in reference to all those in all areas of the sex industry including those who provide direct sexual services as well as the staff of such industries. Some sex workers are paid to engage in sex acts or sexually explicit behavior which involve varying degrees of physical contact with clients (prostitutes and some but not all professional dominants); pornography models and actors engage in sexually explicit behavior which are filmed or photographed. Phone sex operators have sexually-oriented conversations with clients, and do auditive sexual roleplay.
Other sex workers are paid to engage in live sexual performance, such as web cam sex and performers in live sex shows. Some sex workers perform erotic dances and other acts for an audience (striptease, Go-Go dancing, lap dancing, Neo-burlesque, and peep shows). Sexual surrogates often engage in sexual activity as part of therapy with their clients. Thus, although the term sex worker is sometimes viewed as a synonym or euphemism for “prostitute”, it is more general.
Some people use the term “Sexworker” to avoid invoking the stigma associated with the word “prostitute”.
There are some (worldwide) sexworkers organisations that might be of interest to have in your book, after the overvieuw i’ve linked to their sites. If you know of any that you want to add: comments please!
Unionization of sex work
The unionization of sex workers is a recent development. The first organization within the contemporary sex workers’ rights movement was Call Off Your Old Tired Ethics (COYOTE), founded in 1973 in San Francisco, California. Many organizations in Western countries were established in the decade after the founding of COYOTE. Currently, a small number of sex worker unions exist worldwide. One of the largest is the International Union of Sex Workers, headquartered in the United Kingdom. The IUSW advocates for the rights of all sex workers, whether they chose freely or were coerced to enter the trade, and promotes policies that benefit the interests of sex workers both in the UK and abroad. Many regions are home to sex worker unions, including Latin America, Brazil, Canada, Europe, and Africa.
In unionizing, many sex workers face issues relating to communication and to the legality of sex work. Because sex work is illegal in many places where they wish to organize, it is difficult to communicate with other sex workers in order to organize. There is also concern with the legitimacy of sex work as a career and an activity that merits formal organizing, largely because of the sexism often present in sex work and the devaluation of sex work as not comparable to other paid labor and employment.
Sex Trade Workers Industrial Union 690. All workers employed as dancers and models, telephone sex workers, actors and other workers who use sexuality as the primary tool of their trade (excluding all agents of the boss class able to hire or fire, or possessing equivalent coercive or punitive power).
Scarlet Alliance is Australia’s national peak sex worker organisation. It was formed in 1989. As an organisation maintained entirely by current and formersex workers, Scarlet Alliance aims to achieve equality, social, legal, political, cultural and economic justice for workers in the sex industry.
Since its inception, Scarlet Alliance has primarily relied on volunteers to manage the organisation. However, in 2004 Scarlet Alliance was granted ongoing government funding to undertake project work in Australia and within the Asia/ Pacific region.
Davida – Prostituição, Direitos Civis, Saúde (Prostitution, Civil Rights, Health) is an NGO that supports sex workers in Brazil. It was founded in 1992, is based in Rio de Janeiro, and gained international notoriety in 2005 when it launched the fashion line
Sex Professionals of Canada (SPOC) is a Canadian activism group. SPOC was formed in 1983 and campaigns through public education and legal challenges to decriminalize Canadian prostitution laws.
TAMPEP is an international networking and intervention project operating in 25 countries in Europe which aims to act as an observatory in relation to the dynamics of migrant prostitution across Europe.
Our focus is on assessing the situation and needs of female and transgender sex workers of Central and Eastern Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America, and developing appropriate responses. The project reaches persons from more than 80 different nationalities.
SWOU is my favorite Sexworkers organized! I’ve heard many good things about this orga from collegues and friends. They are based in England so, if you happen to be there on escort: Connect with them!
The Sex Worker Open University (SWOU) was founded in 2009 to provide educational and other resources to sex workers in the United Kingdom. It is a sex worker-led organisation. Their activities include educational projects, breakfast drop-ins for sex workers, and Glasgow’s sex worker support effort Confide. In April 2013, SWOU took a lead role in halting the further criminalization of sex work in Scotland by organizing a massive grassroots community response, included street protests, public education, sex worker-only workshops on safety, the law, and fighting stigma, and the presentation to packed audiences of evidence as to the effects of criminalization, from sex workers and academics from around the world.