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Is Sex Work Just A Job?

Online sex worker Reed Amber, dominatrix Megara Furie, Onlyfans content creator Ross and retired 'full service' sex worker 'Lucy' discuss the cons and surprising pros of sex work.

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Online sex worker Reed Amber, dominatrix Megara Furie, Onlyfans content creator Ross and retired 'full service' sex worker 'Lucy' discuss the cons and surprising pros of sex work.

Working in the sex industry comes with a lot of stigma. And while there are many dark aspects to it there's a much wider range of experiences than you might expect. Our panel all made the deliberate choice to become sex workers either for financial reasons or to pursue their fascination with sex. For many of them it is literally a business and comes with all that that entails; health and safety, marketing, tax returns. But for a job that skirts with illegality there are all sorts of obstacles - staying safe is a priority but if you share a property with another sex worker you run foul of the law of 'brothel keeping', it can be a minefield.

Sex work can also take its toll on your other relationships; it can take a particular type of partner to see past society's and their own hang ups to accept that sex can be something you also just do for a living.

Producers: Myles Bonnar and Peter McManus
Editor: Anthony Browne
A BBC Scotland production for Radio 4

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