Dating a sex worker
The term is used in reference to all those in all areas of the sex industry including those who provide direct sexual services as well as the staff of such industries.
Some sex workers are paid to engage in sex acts or sexually explicit behavior which involve varying degrees of physical contact with clients (prostitutes and some but not all professional dominants); pornography models and actors engage in sexually explicit behavior which are filmed or photographed.
While abolitionism would call for an end to all sex work, empowerment would encourage the formation of networks among sex workers and enable them to prevent STIs and other health risks by communicating with each other.
These motives also align with varying climates surrounding sex work in different communities and cultures. Sex work can take the form of prostitution, stripping or lap dancing, performance in pornography, phone or internet sex, or any other exchange of sexual services for financial or material gain.
In addition, finding a representative sample of sex workers in a given city can be nearly impossible because the size of the population itself is unknown.
Maintaining privacy and confidentiality in research is also difficult because many sex workers may face prosecution and other consequences if their identities are revealed.
For example, while pornography is legal in the United States, prostitution is illegal in most parts of the US.
However, in other regions of the world, both pornography and prostitution are illegal; in others, both are legal.