Technology-mediated sex work: Fluidity, networking and regulation in the UK

Rosie Campbell, Yigit Aydin, Stewart Cunningham, Rebecca Hamer, Kathleen Hill, Camille Melissa, Jane Pitcher, Jane Scoular, Teela Sanders, Matt Valentine-Chase

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Internet-based sex markets have become pervasive facilitated by computer-mediated communication through email, chat-rooms, social media forums and web-based advertising. As Ray and others have noted, the Internet has had a substantial impact on the way in which independent sex workers, as well as escort agencies and sometimes massage parlours, advertise their services. Long gone are the days when sex workers relied on advertisements in the personal or classified columns of newspapers, contact magazines, cards in telephone boxes or other locations in lieu of making initial contact with customers on the street, in bars, hotels, lorry parks or other physical locations. Online spaces have become vital for connectivity enabling sex workers to network and access peer support and advocacy. In the survey of sex workers, 61% of respondents (n = 391) strongly agreed and a further 19.7% (n = 126) tended to agree that the Internet gave them access to such networks and support.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRoutledge International Handbook of Sex Industry Research
EditorsSusan Dewey, Isabel Crowhurst, Chimaraoke Izugbara
Place of PublicationLondon
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9781351133913
ISBN (Print)9780367580421, 9780815354123
Publication statusPublished - 21 Nov 2018
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameRoutledge International Handbooks


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