sex work

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Is paid employment in the sex industry, comprising prostitution and pornography. The term is used to emphasize the commonality between work in this industry and other, more conventional occupations. Thus, campaigners for the decriminalization of prostitution use the term to stress that sex workers should have the same status and legal protection as others engaged in paid employment. [See aesthetic work, body work, emotional labour, and trafficking.]

Subjects: United States History.

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