Will society ever accept the sex industry as a real profession?

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Will society ever accept the sex industry as a real profession?
8th August 2014

Should society accept the sex industry as a real profession and battle the stigma still attached to it?

'How I got into the sex industry?'

Britain's 'highest paid' sex worker Josh Brandon thinks the negative attitude towards the sex industry needs to change.

He first started out in the industry after moving to London from Wales. 

When venturing into the world of modelling he stumbled across escorting.

Josh claims to be the UK’s best-paid sex worker. He says can earn up to £4,000 a night and up to £30,000 a month.


'Women's self worth is not valued in the sex industry'

Sophie Burley, from the Women on the Frontline Ministries, said she doesn't believe sex workers value their self worth. 

She works to help people give up life in prostitution. 


'The industry is not at fault'

Benedict Garrett, a porn actor and sex activist, argues that for people who want to be in the sex industry, it's a 'fantastic career'.

But also argues that it's important that there is support for those who feel forced into it. 

He also says that when it comes to risk, the industry isn't a fault but it's the people working within it that being exploitative.


Dangers of sex work

Josh says that he has been 'very fortunate' in that his work has been relatively safe. 

He highlights the difference between his line of work and street sex work. 


More stigma attached to women within the sex industry

"I wouldn't want to be a woman in this industry," said Josh. 

Benedict added that women are treated differently within the industry and often get labelled as 'slags'.


'I have a degree and I chose to go into the sex industry'

Benedict highlights that some people chose to enter into the sex industry.

He has not only worked as a porn actor but also as an escort but holds a degree.

'Normalising the industry will make it safer'

Josh argues that making the industry more mainstream will not only help lift stigma but will also make it safer for sex workers. 


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