Technology mediated sex work: fluidity, networking & regulation in the UK

Rosie Campbell, Yigit Aydin, Stewart Cunningham, Rebecca Hamer, Kathleen Hill, Camille Melissa, Jane Pitcher, Jane Scoular, Teela Sanders, Matt Valentine-Chase

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Abstract

Internet-based sex markets have become pervasive facilitated by computer-mediated communication through email, chat-rooms, social media forums and web-based advertising. As Ray and others have noted, the Internet has had a substantial impact on the way in which independent sex workers, as well as escort agencies and sometimes massage parlours, advertise their services. Long gone are the days when sex workers relied on advertisements in the personal or classified columns of newspapers, contact magazines, cards in telephone boxes or other locations in lieu of making initial contact with customers on the street, in bars, hotels, lorry parks or other physical locations. Online spaces have become vital for connectivity enabling sex workers to network and access peer support and advocacy. In the survey of sex workers, 61% of respondents (n = 391) strongly agreed and a further 19.7% (n = 126) tended to agree that the Internet gave them access to such networks and support.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRoutledge International Handbook of Sex Industry Research
Subtitle of host publicationNew Directions and Perspectives
EditorsSusan Dewey, Isabel Crowhurst, Chimaraoke Izugbara
Place of PublicationLondon
Chapter52
Number of pages11
Edition1
ISBN (Electronic)9781351133913
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 26 Nov 2018

Keywords

  • sex work
  • internet-based sex markets
  • computer-mediated communication
  • independent sex workers
  • sex industry

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