‘Cyanide circus’ talks of the impact of porn, on herself, her partners, and her sex life, and what happened when she tried webcamming. Read More
‘It’s not glamorous. It’s the pits for most of us.’
‘Belle’ tells of her life in prostitution – how she had no idea what she was signing up for or the devastating consequences it would have. Read More
Violence and racism in the New Zealand sex trade
A powerful and moving talk from Ally-Marie Diamond about the realities of the decriminalised system of prostitution in New Zealand and its disastrous impact on Māori and Pasifika women and girls. Read More
‘I portrayed it as more glamorous, exciting and innocently free-spirited than it was’
‘Miranda’ fell into prostitution as a young woman and for a while portrayed it as glamorous and exciting – until a few years’ after she’d left the industry, the true horrors of her experiences came back to her… Read More
‘How does one live in a world that both objectifies you and hates you for the mere crime of being a girl?’
A former cam girl reflects on Andrew Tate’s influence and how it is a reflection of a much deeper problem – the institutionalised objectification and hatred of women. Read More
‘The pain inside me was like fire burning me’
Brendan writes about being sexually abused and raped while at school and the violence and many years involvement in prostitution that followed. Read More
‘Camming is a scam industry’
A woman who has been webcamming for six years explains the reality – that it’s nothing like it’s depicted in the mainstream media and the consumers are abusive and manipulative. Read More
Cyber “femdom” or female domination is presented as an empowering dynamic, where the woman has the upper hand. It’s not.
In this harrowing piece, Sandra explains the reality of ‘femdom’ webcamming to male consumers, who – surprise, surprise – do not usually “behave like fans or friends but as jealous stalkers or abusive partners”. Read More
‘If Sweden didn’t have the Nordic Model, I would not be alive’
Cajsa talks about her experience of prostitution in Sweden under the Nordic Model and why she believes it is the best approach to prostitution law and policy. Read More
The mass grooming of girls and young women for the sex industry starts in earliest childhood and ends with the monetisation of young women themselves
The dangers of Onlyfans and ‘sugar dating’ and how young women are groomed and lured into these newer and emerging forms of prostitution and pornography. Read More
The reality of New Zealand’s decriminalised sex trade
Chelsea Geddes draws on her more than 20 years in New Zealand’s legal brothels, to explain how the full decrim prostitution system works out in practice. Read More
‘Sex work is a special hell that men have created for women’
A woman, who wishes to remain anonymous, sent this powerful and harrowing piece in through our Share Your Story page, which provides a space for women to tell of their experiences of the sex trade in their own words. Read More
‘I have epilepsy. Punters would shag me when I was fitting.’
I was forced into prostitution by my partner – I funded his drink habit.
I have epilepsy and would frequently fit – that made him more money. Punters would shag me when I was fitting… Read More
BODY SHELL GIRL by Rose Hunter: A review
A review of Rose Hunter’s brilliant and moving book, ‘Body Shell Girl’, which takes us into the massage parlours, brothels and other dark places of her first two years in the sex industry. Read More
‘Even in what I would consider comparatively good circumstances, prostitution was bad’
“My foray into prostitution started at age 17, when I signed up on the “Seeking Arrangement” website…” Read More
The Incest to Prostitution Pipeline
Recording and transcript of a powerful and compelling talk given by Sarah, a prostitution survivor, at Reclaim The Night in Perth, Australia. Read More
‘Exiting sex work is easier said than done’
“The way out isn’t quite so easy as the way in and the longer you stay on the fringes of society, the harder it becomes to bridge those gaps.” Read More
‘I was groomed into sex work by an ex’
“I was groomed into sex work by an ex; it started simple. Small, like drops of water into a bucket…” Read More
‘If I had known the truth about what awaited me in that brothel, I would never have been there’
In this brilliant article based on her own experiences, Tara articulates the reality of life in a UK brothel. Essential reading. Read More
‘Prostitution and the pornography that supports it destroy women. Why is that so hard to understand?’
“It’s impossible to assess the damage while you are in it because then, you would not do it. So obviously, you lie to yourself and everyone else…” Read More
InVISIBLE by Andrea Heinz
Andrea Heinz wrote this moving poem soon after exiting seven years in the commercial sex trade. Read More
‘We do not want to be sex workers. It’s not fun and it’s so damaging!’
My story started when I met my first proper boyfriend. The one to whom I lost my virginity. He had very odd sexual fantasies that I complied with because I had never really known love… Read More
‘I live with the trauma of being in the sex trade from 16-25 years old but also with the fact that I involved other women’
Powerful and moving pieces sent to us through our Share Your Story page, which provides a space for women to tell of their experiences in their own words. Read More
‘When the client pays for those minutes, your body is his and he will do what he wants…’
I did not choose as a child to be a prostitute and then as an adult I had no other opportunities and then I was in a foreign country and since I was a putanna I had to continue even if it was not what I dreamed of being… Read More
Confusing love and sex: how the care system creates a context for grooming and child prostitution
In this searing article based on her own experiences, ‘Alice’ brilliantly articulates the disturbing reality of girls growing up in the failing British ‘care’ system and why they make such easy prey for pimps. Essential reading. Read More
Prostitution policy: The Nordic Model or full decriminalization?
This page provides access to the recording and transcript of our ‘Prostitution policy: The Nordic Model or full decriminalization? What do sex trade survivors say?’ webinar that was held on 24 January 2021.
The theme of the webinar was the debate about the Sexual Exploitation Bill that Dame Diana Johnson recently tabled in the UK Parliament. If passed, this would establish a Nordic Model approach to prostitution legislation and policy in England and Wales. Read More
‘Any girl, and most boys, growing up in care become targets for the sexual predation of adult men’
‘Alice’ sent this harrowing testimony about growing up in a UK children’s home through our Share Your Story page.
“A lot of the time surviving in the care system prepares girls for prostitution later. We all allowed degrees of sexual access to adult men for basics like food or clothing. Even beyond that most girls acquiesce to men’s sexual demands in return for things that make you feel like a ‘normal’ young teenager, but aren’t necessities…” Read More
Swedish sex trade survivors back international campaign for the Nordic Model
This article, by a group of people who have experienced prostitution in Sweden, explains why they formed the organisation #intedinhora (#notyourwhore) and why they back the Nordic Model approach to prostitution policy.
“We see prostitution as neither work nor sex, but as an oppression built upon oppression based on gender, race, class and/or age. We believe this, not despite our own experiences of being in the sex industry, but because of them.” Read More
‘My father started sexually abusing me before I was two years old…’
“I’m a survivor of familial sex trafficking. My father started sexually abusing me before I was even two years old and by age six, he was selling me to strangers for sex. This went on until I was about 16 years old.
He threatened my younger brother and me, saying he would kill our mother if we ever told anyone what he was doing… Read More
‘Sex buyers, pimps and traffickers are delusional, narcissistic murderers of innocence’
A woman who wants to remain anonymous sent this powerful piece about her experiences in, and understanding of, prostitution through our Share Your Story page. This provides a space for women to tell of their experiences of the sex trade in their own words.
“Sex buyers, pimps and traffickers are delusional, narcissistic murderers of innocence that malevolently groom, then prey upon, people who are often victims of child molestation and sexual assault. These vulnerable people also tend to struggle with substance abuse, mental illness and most of all, financial insecurity… Read More