Etymology[ edit ] The term sex worker was coined in by sex worker activist Carol Leigh. The motives of sex workers vary widely and can include debt, coercion, survival, or simply as a way to earn a living. One Canadian study found that a quarter of the sex workers interviewed started sex work because they found it "appealing". In some cases, sex work is linked to tourism. 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. The variety in the tasks encompassed by sex work lead to a large range in both severity and nature of risks that sex workers face in their occupations.
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Etymology and terminology Prostitute c. Some sources cite the verb as a composition of "pro" meaning "up front" or "forward" and "stituere", defined as "to offer up for sale". A literal translation therefore is: The Online Etymology Dictionary states, "The notion of 'sex for hire' is not inherent in the etymology, which rather suggests one 'exposed to lust' or sex 'indiscriminately offered. Most sex worker activists groups reject the word prostitute and since the late s have used the term sex worker instead.
The increasing popularity of the internet as a working site amongst male sex workers in Melbourne The article also highlights the seemingly large numbers of men using dating websites who are casually propositioned online and may consent to such proposals, suggesting further research is required to ascertain the characteristics and experiences of those involved in informal sex work activity. Men on the Move in Vancouver in , it was one of the few outreach organizations in Canada to work specifically with men in the sex industry, providing peer support, safer-sex materials, nutrition, harm reduction and needle exchanges to street-level sex workers and street-involved youth.