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New Study Finds Prostitution Now A Career Choice For Many Women

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Thousands of men and women in Wales are ditching studies and careers to become sex workers, groundbreaking new research reveals.

Dr Tracey Sagar, a lecturer in Criminology and Social Policy at Swansea University and co-author of the report,

told WalesOnline the results called into question the effectiveness of current Government strategies, which are attempting to wipe out the sex trade for good.

“These women definitely don’t want to be saved – they have made a choice and we have to respect that choice

– Government policy needs to recognise that the sex industry has been around for ever and it’s not going to go anywhere.

“Off-street sex workers are not the same as on-street and trafficked women and no-one policy will do for all.”

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http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/2011/06/19/study-finds-prostitution-now-a-career-choice-for-many-women-in-wales-91466-28900994/

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Disappointed that the headline isn't 'No Job To Blow Job'.

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All headlining jokes aside, that was a good three page read.

IMO, balanced and highlighting both the good and bad.

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All headlining jokes aside, that was a good three page read.

IMO, balanced and highlighting both the good and bad.

Agreed, it's refreshing to read a well informed and researched piece.

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Think alot of people, and the Government fail to realise that women can choose prostitution because they want to do it, and enjoy it. If a girl is very social, has a high sex drive and can get paid for it, why not?

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Think alot of people, and the Government fail to realise that women can choose prostitution because they want to do it, and enjoy it. If a girl is very social, has a high sex drive and can get paid for it, why not?

Agree totally why not.

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Agreed, it's refreshing to read a well informed and researched piece.

I did wonder about a few items in the piece;

"...Dr Sagar and her colleague Debbie Jones worked with HIV charity Terrence Higgins Trust Cymru to track down sex workers in Cardiff.

Of the 395 men and women they found, an overwhelming 343 were working independently by advertising their services on adult websites, while another 18 had placed ads in a local advertiser, 14 were with an escort agency and 20 were working out of seven well-known massage parlours in Cardiff..."

When I first read this bit I was wondering if this was limiting her research to those "in touch" with the THTC, but the second paragraph hints that her "contact base" may have been wider.

"...She said the rise in people joining the sex trade could be due to the anonymity of the internet and the influence of TV shows like ITV’s Secret Diary of a Call Girl, which stars Billie Piper as a high-end escort living in London and earning thousands.

She said: “The way we see sex is changing so much. You have only got to think about what we watch on TV – the 9pm watershed is a joke – and when you see sex everywhere these things aren’t so outrageous anymore..."

This was a concern for me, a change of attitude based on a glamorised television series rings alarm bells with me. A counter-balanced viewpoint of the less beautiful aspects that a girl may encounter might raise some thinking points.

Then I start to wonder; if a girl enters this industry without a lot of the social hangups of older generations, is she better equipped to handle the business? I don't know, I have no experience that allows me to comment or decide. Ladies what do you think?

"...The real-life inspiration for Secret Life of a Call Girl, Belle du Jour blogger Brooke Magnanti, revealed last year how she fell into the sex trade after going home with a married couple and then being paid at the end of the night.

She said: “Afterwards, the man called me a cab and shoved loads of notes in my hand, but it was only when I was inside that I thought, ‘this is more than the cab costs.’

“Then it dawned on me that working as a call girl wouldn’t be so much different from that evening. It was something I was willing to try, and if I didn’t like it, no one had to know.”

She said she wrote a blog about her experiences because she wanted to talk about what she was doing but was afraid to tell her friends..."

Again I have no experience to comment so I ask the ladies; Would the career choice be easier to handle if you knew you could walk away at anytime you wanted to? Or, as the article alludes to, the lure of the "easy" money available itself a "trap?"

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The shocking reasons more people than ever in Wales are choosing to sell their bodies...

...high wages, flexible working hours, job satisfaction some said they were doing it “for fun”

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Good article. My thanks to the OP for posting.

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The shocking reasons more people than ever in Wales are choosing to sell their bodies...

...high wages, flexible working hours, job satisfaction some said they were doing it “for fun”

Still shocking for most, I think.

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Thousands of men and women in Wales are ditching studies and careers to become sex workers, groundbreaking new research reveals.

Dr Tracey Sagar, a lecturer in Criminology and Social Policy at Swansea University and co-author of the report,

told WalesOnline the results called into question the effectiveness of current Government strategies, which are attempting to wipe out the sex trade for good.

“These women definitely don’t want to be saved – they have made a choice and we have to respect that choice

– Government policy needs to recognise that the sex industry has been around for ever and it’s not going to go anywhere.

“Off-street sex workers are not the same as on-street and trafficked women and no-one policy will do for all.”

Read More

http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/2011/06/19/study-finds-prostitution-now-a-career-choice-for-many-women-in-wales-91466-28900994/

Interesting article Starman, thanks. :)

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What a refreshing article. Like the first comment too.

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i agree, nice article, but durr, we know this anyway, does it really say anything new

or is the escitement the MSM has done a piece that is not too biased?

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I did wonder about a few items in the piece;

"...Dr Sagar and her colleague Debbie Jones worked with HIV charity Terrence Higgins Trust Cymru to track down sex workers in Cardiff.

Of the 395 men and women they found, an overwhelming 343 were working independently by advertising their services on adult websites, while another 18 had placed ads in a local advertiser, 14 were with an escort agency and 20 were working out of seven well-known massage parlours in Cardiff..."

When I first read this bit I was wondering if this was limiting her research to those "in touch" with the THTC, but the second paragraph hints that her "contact base" may have been wider.

"...She said the rise in people joining the sex trade could be due to the anonymity of the internet and the influence of TV shows like ITV’s Secret Diary of a Call Girl, which stars Billie Piper as a high-end escort living in London and earning thousands.

She said: “The way we see sex is changing so much. You have only got to think about what we watch on TV – the 9pm watershed is a joke – and when you see sex everywhere these things aren’t so outrageous anymore..."

This was a concern for me, a change of attitude based on a glamorised television series rings alarm bells with me. A counter-balanced viewpoint of the less beautiful aspects that a girl may encounter might raise some thinking points.

Then I start to wonder; if a girl enters this industry without a lot of the social hangups of older generations, is she better equipped to handle the business? I don't know, I have no experience that allows me to comment or decide. Ladies what do you think?

"...The real-life inspiration for Secret Life of a Call Girl, Belle du Jour blogger Brooke Magnanti, revealed last year how she fell into the sex trade after going home with a married couple and then being paid at the end of the night.

She said: “Afterwards, the man called me a cab and shoved loads of notes in my hand, but it was only when I was inside that I thought, ‘this is more than the cab costs.’

“Then it dawned on me that working as a call girl wouldn’t be so much different from that evening. It was something I was willing to try, and if I didn’t like it, no one had to know.”

She said she wrote a blog about her experiences because she wanted to talk about what she was doing but was afraid to tell her friends..."

Again I have no experience to comment so I ask the ladies; Would the career choice be easier to handle if you knew you could walk away at anytime you wanted to? Or, as the article alludes to, the lure of the "easy" money available itself a "trap?"

I could walk away anytime I want to as I imagine most of us girls can but I actually enjoy my job and the flexability it gives me to do other stuff and pay for it!

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I did wonder about a few items in the piece;

"...Dr Sagar and her colleague Debbie Jones worked with HIV charity Terrence Higgins Trust Cymru to track down sex workers in Cardiff.

Of the 395 men and women they found, an overwhelming 343 were working independently by advertising their services on adult websites, while another 18 had placed ads in a local advertiser, 14 were with an escort agency and 20 were working out of seven well-known massage parlours in Cardiff..."

When I first read this bit I was wondering if this was limiting her research to those "in touch" with the THTC, but the second paragraph hints that her "contact base" may have been wider.

"...She said the rise in people joining the sex trade could be due to the anonymity of the internet and the influence of TV shows like ITV’s Secret Diary of a Call Girl, which stars Billie Piper as a high-end escort living in London and earning thousands.

She said: “The way we see sex is changing so much. You have only got to think about what we watch on TV – the 9pm watershed is a joke – and when you see sex everywhere these things aren’t so outrageous anymore..."

This was a concern for me, a change of attitude based on a glamorised television series rings alarm bells with me. A counter-balanced viewpoint of the less beautiful aspects that a girl may encounter might raise some thinking points.

Then I start to wonder; if a girl enters this industry without a lot of the social hangups of older generations, is she better equipped to handle the business? I don't know, I have no experience that allows me to comment or decide. Ladies what do you think?

"...The real-life inspiration for Secret Life of a Call Girl, Belle du Jour blogger Brooke Magnanti, revealed last year how she fell into the sex trade after going home with a married couple and then being paid at the end of the night.

She said: “Afterwards, the man called me a cab and shoved loads of notes in my hand, but it was only when I was inside that I thought, ‘this is more than the cab costs.’

“Then it dawned on me that working as a call girl wouldn’t be so much different from that evening. It was something I was willing to try, and if I didn’t like it, no one had to know.”

She said she wrote a blog about her experiences because she wanted to talk about what she was doing but was afraid to tell her friends..."

Again I have no experience to comment so I ask the ladies; Would the career choice be easier to handle if you knew you could walk away at anytime you wanted to? Or, as the article alludes to, the lure of the "easy" money available itself a "trap?"

Hmmm, I must confess I speed read it with a promise to myself to go back and read it properly later.

Plus ca change, etc. :wacko:

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I have no experience to comment so I ask the ladies; Would the career choice be easier to handle if you knew you could walk away at anytime you wanted to? Or, as the article alludes to, the lure of the "easy" money available itself a "trap?"

I can (and have) walked away from this career choice when I felt the need to. However having choosen to return to it, I know that I have made the right choice, I won't bore you with the many careers I have trained for and have experience in but this is the only 'job' that I have ever enjoyed! :D

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i agree, nice article, but durr, we know this anyway, does it really say anything new

or is the escitement the MSM has done a piece that is not too biased?

WE know all this, but it is not the picture of the that is normally painted of this business by the media, that's the point.

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I seek Becky had the second page of the article. I do though wonder why she always states this factoid which I don't believe to be true. Well it may have been Labours intention to do so.

“When they stopped women working together in twos and threes and decided to start putting brothel clients on the sex offenders’ register if they were caught, many women fled to the internet because it was the only way that everybody wasn’t going to get nicked,” she said.

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Not surprising

I think the government doesnt like sex workers because the do not pay taxes from it. And it is a hugh industry.

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Not surprising

I think the government doesnt like sex workers because the do not pay taxes from it. And it is a hugh industry.

This government is fine about huge industries that don't pay tax - look at Vodafone for starters.

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I read the article; nothing new to most on here I suspect although to the wider world????

Perhaps it is a symptom of the 'I want it now society' we live in.

You don't have to study or serve any time to become a WG. I suspect some will see it as a short cut to earning power that more conventional occupations cannot provide. The social restraints preventing that approach are much weaker now.

Same with punters too. The 'I want it now' approach to life is far more prevalent and also more acceptable to many these days.

The restraints our society has built up over thousands of years have basically been designed to channel our sex drives.

Those restraints have been whittled away so it is perfectly logical that we should cut to the chase and pay for something that, in the past, we had to go through all sorts of rigmarole to get.

I'm not sure it needs a study or any wordy debate to fathom it out though?

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I guess i will always come back and forth to escorting but i think it's very important to have a back up plan tho. I don't agree with them not finishing their studies to go into this ... they could do both!! lol I'm glad i got my degree and did this after , rather than before . Some people think escorting is there for life , but anything can happen to you which would reduce your earnings .. so you need a back up plan . If you have no other skills than fucking , well thats your choice but i'm glad i have skills underneath my belt and if i want a break from this job and go do something else , i can . I understand why they want to ditch their studies for this as theres a lot of money to be made ... but having ambition/skills is important. All my escort money goes to my savings ... yes .... its true .. my savings .. so it goes to something constructive ... these students just put it to drink ect . It's important to be fulfilled , cuz escorting can feel hollow ...your happy yes but it's the same as making a lot of money from something you trained hard for . I hope some day that will happen for me , but in the meantime i'll enjoy my second best career ... escorting.

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