This book takes readers behind the screen to uncover how digital technologies have affected the UK sex industry. The authors use extensive new datasets to explore the working practices, safety and regulation of the sex industry, for female, male and trans sex workers primarily working in the UK. Insights are given as to how sex workers use the internet in their everyday working lives, appropriating social media, private online spaces and marketing strategies to manage their profiles, businesses and careers. Internet Sex Work also explores safety strategies in response to new forms of crimes experienced by sex workers, as well as policing responses. The book will be of interest to students and scholars across a range of social science disciplines, including gender studies, socio-legal studies, criminology and sociology.
Teela Sanders is Professor of Criminology at the University of Leicester, UK.
Jane Scoular is Professor of Law at the University of Strathclyde, UK.
Rosie Campbell OBE is Researcher at the University of Leicester, UK and Honorary Fellow, University of York, UK.
Jane Pitcher is Research Associate, University of Strathclyde, UK.
Stewart Cunningham is a PhD student at the University of Strathclyde, UK.
1. Introduction.- 2. Digital sex markets: platforms, forums, and profiles.- 3. Working practices of online sex workers.- 4. Purchasing Sex in a Digital Age.- 5. Regulating the online industries: policing, crimes and self-regulation.- 6. Support online, advocacy and activism.- 7.The future of online markets.