Sex Workers

13Who are sex workers?
This refers to both male and female individuals who are employed in the sex industry and provide direct sexual services to a wide variety of clients. They are often paid before the provision of sexual services to the client. They are classified into many individual groups, for example, prostitutes, pornography models, pornography actors, phone sex operators, escort girls, erotic dancers and webcam models.

Every individual has their reasons for joining the sex industry. Others will join purely for economic gain while others will do so for social gain. Millions of sex workers operate around the world and they have made the trade to be one of the most lucrative. In Scandinavian countries and the Netherlands in particular, sex workers who ply their trade as “prostitutes” have been legalized to do so and are provided a license that proves what they are doing is a legal business.

In other parts of the world like the US, pornography actors, erotic dancers, escort girls and web cam sex models ply their trade online, in movies and in clubs.

How much do sex workers get from their job?
There are various factors that affect how much sex workers are paid. For starters, where are they plying their trade? Is it legal or not? Who are their clients? Are they being controlled by another individual? These and many other factors affect how much one earns.

According to Havocscope, In the US a high end escort will make an average of $500 per hour in Indianapolis while in New York a high end escort can make around $10,000 in a night. In a legal brothel located in Nevada, sex workers are bound to earn $200 to $600. For a massage parlour where oral sex and intercourse is done the charges range between $150 to $300.

When it comes to the streets, the prices range. You will find sex workers who charge as low as $10 while others will charge as high as $100 or above. In the pornography industry, charges can be higher and at times depends on the actor or model.
Majority of pornography models and actors have attained a millionaire status having starred in many movies. For webcam sex models, the money earned generally depends with the amount of effort one engages in. It also depends with the number of people one is able to attract to their chat room. Majority of models have been able to earn an average of $100 and above.

Is it safe to be a sex worker?
The answer to the above question is twofold – yes and no.
In a Yes situation, one will be looking at the type of trade the sex worker is involved in as well as the location. For example a country like Netherlands has made the trade legal. This means sex workers are required to have a license, need to be tested after certain duration and have to use protection. In the case of escorts, erotic dancers and pornography actors and models, it depends with the choices an individual makes.

In a No situation, there are many risks that sex workers expose themselves to. One of them is sexually transmitted diseases which are known to lead to AIDs if not treated early. Harassment from clients has led to the death of sex workers in some situations. Even web cam models have been traumatized through cyber bullying.

All in all, it can be said that sex workers can make their situation to be safe or not through making better choices and situations one selects.

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