Sex Work

Sex work is an exchange of sexual services, performances, or products for material compensation, including direct and indirect sexual stimulation. It includes types of prostitution, exotic dancing, phone sex, and performing in adult films, as well as other potentially lesser-known forms of sex work. Sex work is often confused with human/sex trafficking. While they are similar, there are differences--the main one is that sex work is voluntary, while trafficking is not.

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The oldest profession [prostitution] is the most honest, for it exposes the bare bones of what civilization is all about. It's the root of all professions. ...more
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She had developed a number of habits in her younger years, none of which carried with them a bright future, and the things she would offer to do for a couple of dollars would make the Devil blush.
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