Sex Industry

It's Time To Treat Erotic Models As People

Jane Williams | Posted 11.08.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Jane Williams

I am trans, I'm also an ambitious and well educated woman with a higher degree. However, like many trans women post transition, I've found that barriers to working as a professional abound. My mother, a feminist, politician and writer taught me to aspire to be the best I could possibly be. Consequently I trained as an educator, working in universities, colleges and schools.

Jeremy Corbyn Is Wrong on the Sex Industry, But Labour Needs to Reform the Laws on Sexual Offences

David Lindsay | Posted 05.03.2017 | UK Politics
David Lindsay

I am a supporter of the Leadership of Jeremy Corbyn. He has brought world class economists into the British political debate for the first time in 35 years. He has broken the hegemony of neoconservative foreign policy. He has forced the media to admit the existence of the strong left-wing critique of the European Union. But, just as I favour withdrawal from the EU at this stage rather than once Corbyn's proposals for a Social Europe had been rejected, so I also disagree profoundly with him about the sex industry.

Full Sex Industry Decriminalisation Puts Women's Rights Last

Janie Davies | Posted 07.10.2016 | UK
Janie Davies

Prostitution is the commodification of the bodies of women of girls. It is born out of the ideology that women are second-class citizens raised to service men. Decriminalisation would reinforce that, declaring that women's rights must come last. If you think that is acceptable, you cannot stand for women's rights, you cannot stand for women's liberation and you cannot stand for equality.

10 Things You Need to Know Before You Estimate The UK Sex Industry's Contribution to Gross Domestic Product

Suzi Godson | Posted 08.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Suzi Godson

In 2012 the UK's Office for National Statistics (ONS) estimated that sex workers contributed £5.7 billion to the economy. This calculation was produced in response to an EU demand that 'prostitution and illegal drugs' should be counted as part of a country's gross domestic product...

Meet The Woman Who's Slept With More Than 10,000 Men

The Huffington Post UK | Brogan Driscoll | Posted 03.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle

It's safe to say that anyone who's spent time working in the sex industry will have more than a few notches on their bedpost. But one woman really tak...

The Sex Trade: Lies, the 'Voice of the Voiceless' and Other Silencing Tactics

Ruth Jacobs | Posted 02.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Ruth Jacobs

Most people are voiceless because no one is letting them talk or listening to them when they do. There is a lot to be said for quitting being the voice of the voiceless and letting people speak for themselves. But not by those seeking to abolish the sex trade. Words are put into people's mouths when they can be, and when they can't, those people are silenced and dismissed.

We Must Realise That Pornography Doesn't Exist in a Vacuum

Helen Reeves | Posted 27.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Helen Reeves

I've been listening to current debates about pornography - most recently about young children watching it - and it got me thinking. For feminists, pornography is one of those particularly contentious issues, along with prostitution and the other sexual industries. Really, anything with a sexual element is quite a contested terrain.

Famous London Strip Joint Could Face Closure

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 21.03.2014 | UK

One of London's flagship strip clubs could face closure after its licence was refused by Camden council, it has been revealed. Spearmint Rhino, the...

Respect the Choices of Women Who Go Into the Porn Industry

Isabel López Ruiz | Posted 14.05.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Isabel López Ruiz

For me, being a feminist is about respecting women's choices, whatever they may be. If a woman over the legal age requirement wants to voluntarily participate in the porn industry, that's fine. If she doesn't, that's fine as well. Young women like 'Lauren A', Duke University's freshman porn actress, are being publicly shamed for exposing their bodies on camera. It seems like the idea that a woman could have full control over her body is still shocking to some. When people accuse her of taking part in an industry that 'degrades' women, they don't realise their comments are degrading in themselves, as they refuse to acknowledge her individual voice and bodily autonomy.

IDS Has 'No Idea' How Much He's Paying To Get Young Into Sex Industry Jobs

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 18.02.2014 | UK Politics

Iain Duncan Smith has come under fire after the Department for Work and Pensions admitted it does not know how much it is paying adult employers in go...

Stop Paying To Get Young Into Sex Jobs, Labour Tells Govt

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 17.02.2014 | UK Politics

Ministers have come under pressure to stop helping young people work in strip clubs and porn film sets as the government offers £2,275 for every full...

Nightclub Boss 'Kidnapped' By Angry, Stiletto-Wearing Lapdancers

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK

A club boss has told a court of the moment he was kidnapped by three lapdancers and their manager - with the women wearing "miniskirts, stilettos and ...

Somaly Mam Opens Cambodian Beauty Salon Staffed by Former Trafficking Victims

Lisa Anderson | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Lisa Anderson

With the hope that new jobs in the beauty industry will provide new lives for girls scarred by sex slavery, Cambodian anti-trafficking activist Somaly Mam cut the ribbon for a beauty shop bearing her name in one of the country's prime tourist destinations.

International Day of the Girl: Reclaiming the Girl Word

Stephanie Davies-Arai | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Stephanie Davies-Arai

To celebrate International Day of the Girl I would like to reclaim the word 'girl' and restore it to its original meaning: a young woman below the age of eighteen.

The Debate About Prostitution Isn't a 'Legal Vs Illegal' Binary - We Can Find a Middle Way

Mary Honeyball | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Mary Honeyball

Blanket criminalisation clearly isn't working. It doesn't address the core problem, and sometimes perpetuates it; prostitutes are convicted, criminalised, have less of a route out than before, and thus return to the sex industry. A subterranean economy is created, which is demeaning at best and dangerous at worst. So, if the current system is failing then where do we go from here? This is the question I've tried to answer through my work at the EU. There are two alternatives for the UK. The first is the well-publicised Dutch model, which legalises both being a sex worker and using one.

Stabbed to Death by Stigma

Kate L. Gould | Posted 16.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Kate L. Gould

Despite being the poster nation for sexual equality, Sweden's laws on sex work and attitudes towards it are woefully patriarchal. The purchase of sex is illegal and the prevailing view is that sex work is a form of self-harm and women who choose to work in the sex industry are victims without agency or reason.

Sponsor A Scholar Fraudster Admits Sex Trafficking And Voyeurism

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 20.06.2013 | UK Universities & Education

A fraudster has admitted luring women into having sex with him by claiming they would be paid up to £15,000 in university scholarships, on a fake web...

Why I'm Opposed to Criminalising the Purchase of Sex

Kate L. Gould | Posted 02.02.2013 | UK Politics
Kate L. Gould

The Member of the Scottish Parliament, Rhoda Grant, believes sex workers are imbeciles who should be denied the right to earn a living and subjected to state-sanctioned sexual assault to ensure that they comply with the dictates imposed upon their profession. Not that she puts it quite like that.

Lucy Sherriff

Website Offers £15,000 For Students Willing To Have Sex With Strangers | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 30.11.2012 | UK Universities & Education

A website offering to arrange financial "sponsorship for scholars" in return for sex has renewed questions over whether higher tuition fees are drivin...

This House Would Decriminalise Prostitution

The Cambridge Union Society | Posted 25.06.2012 | UK Politics
The Cambridge Union Society

Talia Robertson, a first year student studying Politics, Psychology and Sociology argues in proposition. Anti-prostitution arguments are often couche...

Stag Party Stripper Organisers To Tutor University Master Students

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 20.04.2012 | UK Universities & Education

A company better known for organising stag parties which include strippers, lap-dancing and S&M "punishments" will be tutoring university students. ...

Is the ‘Porn Chic’ Tendency Affecting Girls’ and Boys’ Body Confidence?

Manu Sareen | Posted 29.05.2012 | UK Politics
Manu Sareen

Many young people upload photos of themselves on popular websites, and I am thrilled that so many take full advantage of the different social media. However, at the same time it is apparent that too many girls and boys are copying symbols and codes from the pornographic industry.

British Mum Accused Of Running Lucrative Prostitution Ring In NY

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 07.03.2012 | UK

Scottish woman Anna Gristina has been accused of running a multi-million-pound prostitution ring in New York. The 44-year-old mother-of-four who is...

Why Stripping Can Be A Feminist Act

Sheila Hageman | Posted 04.05.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Sheila Hageman

It's taken me a while to own that not only am I a feminist now, but I always have been, even when I was a stripper. And for me, being a feminist is about not apologising for the decisions I make or made about the ways I choose to use my body and see myself as a woman in this world.

Feminists Stage Meat Market Porn Protest

Huffington Post UK | Felicity Morse | Posted 23.11.2011 | UK

Dressed as butchers and businessmen, feminist groups are protesting outside a porn trade summit in London, trading have fake female body parts in the...