Hooker, harlot, whore, fallen woman, loose woman, tart, working girl, woman of easy virtue … It may be the oldest profession, but it is certainly not the most revered. For many, this hidden community is shrouded in a web of fascination and disgust. There are vast misconceptions surrounding prostitution, and women working in the sex industry face great prejudice. Sex workers are subjected to many stereotypes, which are frequently demeaning.
Prostitution shake-up: one sex worker's view
‘It’s a contact job’: Sex workers struggle amid the coronavirus crisis | Euronews
M y name is Juliet, and I'm a prostitute and dominatrix based in London zone 2—not central, not suburbs. All these details alter the kind of experience one has of working in the sex industry—how much of your time it takes up, how flexible you have to be, how much you can plan, and the overheads it takes to stay in business. I love my job. I work for myself, at a wage I set, and I get to make people happy—very happy—for a living. One of the many good things about prostitution is that there's very little bullshit, at least from my clients, who are placed in a situation where there is a clear incentive for them to be open about their needs and respectful in their treatment of me—they get a better experience if I'm trying to make it so.
Sex workers and clients
Many workers are facing an uncertain future, or an immediate financial struggle, due to the coronavirus outbreak. And for one industry, the impact has been unavoidable. The ECP, made up of current and former sex workers, is calling for government support for sex workers, who are currently not recognised as workers, and so are not entitled to the sort of government support available to others during the COVID crisis. With the lockdown measures in place, many sex workers have lost almost all of their clients, she adds.