client behaviour, coercion, culture of silence, review boards

How the Disruption of the Internet Impacted the World’s Oldest Profession

The inception of the internet was a self-employment and consumer triumph and nowhere more than in the sex industry.  Prior to the internet, sex workers labored under the (oftentimes) controlling influence of managers/owners.  But now, sex workers could advertise their services directly to consumers.  Self-employment empowered sex workers to work from home, be their own… Continue reading How the Disruption of the Internet Impacted the World’s Oldest Profession

coercion, culture of silence, review boards

A History of the Contemporary Sex Industry – Part II: The Rise of Independents

The contemporary sex industry rapidly transformed as a consequence of two technological innovations: the cell phone and the internet.  Although the cell phone provided sex workers the opportunity to work independently, it was the inception of the internet which sparked a sharp rise in the number of independent sex workers.  Prior to the internet, sex… Continue reading A History of the Contemporary Sex Industry – Part II: The Rise of Independents

client behaviour, cyberbullying, review boards, sex workers

The True Nature of Choice Within the Consensual Sex Industry

When I first began in the industry, sex workers had more choices.  Although many sex workers worked for controlling bosses at massage parlours, at the end of the day, they had control over their own body.  Massage parlours had established conventions which favoured safer sexual practices: condoms and dental dams for all services.  No exceptions. … Continue reading The True Nature of Choice Within the Consensual Sex Industry

culture of silence, sex worker fragmentation

The Culture of Silence in the Sex Industry

For an industry which prides itself upon being real and genuine, there are many times when I do not reveal my true thoughts.  I doubt that I am alone.  In the contemporary sex industry, image is everything.  This means that within all of our actions, there is a calculation.  Will divulging an opinion gain or… Continue reading The Culture of Silence in the Sex Industry