Sex industry

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    Video caption: Coronavirus: Strip clubs feel 'discriminated against'

    Dancers in strip clubs say coronavirus restrictions mean they are unable to earn a living and feel discriminated against.

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    Video caption: Adult industry workers surviving the pandemic

    Sex industry workers from Argentina, India and Taiwan share their struggles because of Covid restrictions.

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    Video caption: Coronavirus: Sex workers 'at greater risk of assault'

    Street sex workers are 'at a great risk of violent assault' as lockdown eases, according to charity workers.

  4. Offline sex workers forced to start again online

    Sex worker

    Most sex workers meet customers in person. For them, the coronavirus spells economic ruin.

    "The virus is a disaster for client-facing businesses - and sex work is no different," says Goddess Cleo, a dominatrix from London.

    "Most of my income is generated from one-on-one sessions and events. I [normally] only make a bit of money through online avenues."

    But like many others, Cleo has switched focus to digital since the lockdown came into effect.

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    Video caption: A former sex worker is now helping women on the streets turn their lives around

    A former sex worker is now helping women on the streets turn their lives around

  6. My pimp branded me with a 'Love is Loyalty' tattoo

    "Love is Loyalty" back tattoo

    For 17 years, Hollie was forced to sleep with countless men by several pimps. Four years ago, she finally escaped from sex trafficking.

    One of her traffickers, she says, branded her with a tattoo which read “Love is Loyalty”.

    “He wants to put his name on you. Like a keepsake - like you’re his possession. Everybody knows you’re his bitch,” she says.

    Read her story.