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Title: Behind the screen: Commercial sex, digital spaces and working online
Authors: Cunningham, Stewart
Sanders, Teela
Scoular, Jane
Campbell, Rosie
Pitcher, Jane
Hill, Kathleen
Valentine-Chase, Matt
Melissa, Camille
Aydin, Yigit
Hamer, Rebecca
First Published: 29-Nov-2017
Publisher: Elsevier
Citation: Technology in Society, 2017
Abstract: [From Introduction] The rise of the internet and related digital technologies has had a profound impact on many aspects of people's working and social lives, including the buying and selling of sexual services. In addition to providing new ways to advertise for sex workers who provide services to clients in person, the internet has also seen the development of completely new forms of commercial sex (like webcamming) that take place entirely in an online environment. Using the largest datasets created in the UK/Europe, this article explores how sex workers use the internet and digital technologies to facilitate the range of different services that they offer. We identify the ways in which the internet has improved the ability for sex workers to organize and professionalize their services, with increasing profit and safety being core objectives. At the same time, we explore some of the challenges and potential (new) harms that arise for sex workers working online
DOI Link: 10.1016/j.techsoc.2017.11.004
ISSN: 0160-791X
Version: Publisher Version
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © the authors, 2017. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
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