Sex Work and Prostitution, Female

This entry describes prostitution as paid consensual sex between adults, with a focus on the role of females. It explains the research on sex work, differences between street-based and indoor sex work, and the issue of human trafficking as it relates to sex work. Historically, LGBTQ persons and sex workers share a similar struggle for human rights and social justice based in ideals of sexual freedom and bodily autonomy. In the United States, uprisings at the Stonewall Inn in 1969 included sex workers who also fought for gay liberation as well as gender and reproductive justice. U.S. prostitution laws unevenly impact transgender women and women of color, which speaks to the experience of interlocking systems of oppression or the intersectionality of inequalities. Because of systemic ...

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