Maybe I’ve just been unlucky, but a quick mental tot up reveals I’ve had the misfortune to have:

Been mugged
Been sexually harassed
Received a black eye
Needed to call the police six times due to being burgled and
Had my Facebook account trolled almost into oblivion
“Serves you right,” some of you might remark when you hear that I’m a dominatrix. “What do you expect if you choose to work in such a dodgy, seedy sex industry…”

But you’d be wrong. None of those vile occurrences happened as a result of my choice of career. Nope, they all happened in my so-called ‘normal’ life where I …

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If Europe votes for the ‘Swedish model’ on prostitution, women will be at risk
Whether you criminalise buyers or criminalise sellers, the impact on sex workers is the same. It’s time for a truce in this debate

Prostitution is described as the oldest profession. It often feels as if the arguments between those who want it abolished and those who are pragmatic about it continuing have been going on for almost as long. The European parliament prepares to vote on whether men who buy sex should be criminalised, both sides are squaring up for yet another battle in this long-running war.

Sex work …

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I am a porn star. I am a college freshman. You know nothing about me.

“But why would you do porn?”

People often ask me this question. They know I am a freshman at Duke University, and their shock and incredulity are apparent when the rumor they’ve heard whispered or read on a chat board turns out to be true.

However, the answer is actually quite simple. I couldn’t afford $60,000 in tuition, my family has undergone significant financial burden, and I saw a way to graduate from my dream school free of debt, doing something I absolutely love. Because to be clear: …

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Sex workers protest against tax code that doesn’t recognise their profession, despite it being legal 

As thousands of cash-strapped Italians take to the streets to protest against their tax bills, a small group of earners who have never paid a penny in tax are instead demanding their right to contribute to the nation’s coffers.

Sex Workers up and down the country are fighting against a tax code that does not recognise their profession, even though paying for sex is legal, leaving them no chance to pay a cut of their earnings to the tax man and qualify for a pension.

“It is the …

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Aprosex offers professional training in working in the sex industry, from safety advice to marketing tactics

The Sex Professionals Association in Spain has opened a school offering professional training in prostitution.

Aprosex, according to its website, offers a course providing sexual knowledge, security advice and professional tips. Modules include an introduction into the “whore stigma” and the psychological consequences of working in the sex industry.

The four-hour training programme, called Prostitution: The Basics for Professionalisation, costs €45 (£37).

Course topics include the reasons for going into prostitution, its disadvantages and dangers, and whether a candidate is “ready to practice the profession”. Sexual health is …

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 For too long, groups on all sides of the sex work debates have excluded the opinions and voices of sex workers themselves – so Melissa Gira Grant has come forward with her own perspective in Playing the Whore: The Work of Sex Work. In the new Jacobin Series paperback, Grant breaks down the discourse around sex work and smashes our notion of what the sex work industry looks like, reframing the entire conversation. Here’s five truths about sex work that Grant highlights in the book which will shift every molecule in your brain on this issue. There’s tons more inside, …

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This week, newspapers reported a complaint made to Harrow borough council’s Trading Standards office by a man who had been refused service by an escort. I am angered but unsurprised by his complaint; it seems to come from a familiar perception that sex workers are mere automatons, not skilled professionals.

As a dominatrix, I work with each client to create an intense, satisfying and convincing experience, expertly transporting them into another world for an hour or an evening. I prepare meticulously for each of my clients, doing anything from learning the intricate details of one man’s particular fantasy, to building and …

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In 2007, the former adult performer Mariah Milano returned to porn after a seven-year hiatus from the industry. A voluptuous brunette with a passing resemblance to “Millionaire Matchmaker’s” Patti Stanger, Milano shot her first adult film in 1998 when she was 18, appearing in 240 movies before retiring two years later. When she returned to porn in the mid-aughts, a co-worker approached Milano with a query she had never heard during her first few years in the industry: how much she charged as a private escort.

“At first I was like, ‘What? This is weird,’” says Milano, who retired for good …

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Private equity’s new target industry: Sex toys 

Diamond Products, a portfolio company of New York’s Brookstone Partners, has acquired high-end sex toy manufacturer Jimmyjane. The companies did not disclose the amount of the all-cash deal.

The purchase is Brookstone’s second venture in the category in the past year. In September, the firm invested in Pipedream, with a product catalog of more than 3,000 items, including the “Fetish Fantasy Series,” which has seen substantial growth over the past two years.

(Brookstone and Pipedream created Diamond Products as an umbrella for future investments, with Pipedream CEO Nick Orlandino heading the company.)

The interest of an equity …

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S&M is GOOD for you: Researchers say sadomasochism can lead to an ‘altered state of consciousness’ similar to meditation

Experts believe the practice may cause bloodflow in the brain to be altered is a way similar to a ‘runners high’ or some types of meditation.

They also found that both those giving and receiving pain felt similar effects.

The research was carried out by James Ambler, a graduate student in psychology at Northern Illinois University, and presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology in Austin, Texas.

Fourteen people took part in the study who were ‘switches’ who enjoyed …

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