The study of sex workers — including women, 28 men and 12 transgender people — focused on those who were not trafficked or coerced into selling sex but had chosen to do so, and most worked from within premises rather than on the streets.
The second most common former area of employment was retail, with 81 people Some of the more unusual previous jobs of sex workers to emerge in the study include road haulier manager, merchant navy caterer and life coach.
The Leeds University study, carried out by Dr Teela Sanders in partnership with National Ugly Mugs, a scheme to encourage sex workers to raise the alarm about violent men they encounter, precedes a much larger study funded by the European Social Research Council, which starts in September.
It also looks at the safety of sex working. Use of the internet as a medium to sell sex has exploded in recent years, and in some parts of the UK has largely replaced brothels and saunas.
Adultwork and Punternet are two of the most popular sites. It is not illegal for individuals to buy or sell sex from each other but soliciting and sex workers working together as a group are illegal.
The study invited 2, sex workers from across the industry and from different parts of the UK to take part. Many of those who did were women doing escort work but we did get a minority of responses from sex workers working in other parts of the sex industry.
Fourteen per cent of respondents said they felt they were being exploited and just under a quarter of respondents said they did not feel able to leave sex work, Sanders added. One sex worker in her early 50s, known as Abbie, said the research reflected her experience.
She had worked for many years in the NHS as a care assistant in a hospital before deciding to change direction and become a sex worker. Even working such long hours I failed to keep up the repayments and lost my home. A lot of empathy is required for that work and the same is true of sex work.
One woman asked what the negative parts of the job were said: The policing of sex work was another issue raised. Some sex workers reported a positive response when they reported crimes to the police, while others had had a more negative experience.
Police enforcement such as regular brothel raids was cited as another reason for the reduction in brothels and move towards the internet.
Leeds is one area where there has been a lot of police enforcement against brothels and very few now remain, with many sex workers in the city working off the internet. In contrast, in nearby Manchester where police have a less enforcement-based approach towards brothels, there are more of these establishments.
Uk top 40 positions for sexual health the main way they believe their safety will be enhanced. Societal attitudes need to change in order to minimise the stigma underpinning sex work and consequently reduce the harm that prejudice has on sex workers. Police resources should be channelled into dealing with exploitative situations in sex work.
Adultwork and Punternet are two of the most popular sites, which offer a range of local sex workers available within 30 minutes. Research Higher education news.
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