General Reading

Prostitution: Sex Work, Policy and Politics

Many commentators have attempted to analyze and explain the nature of prostitution. However, this is the first textbook to offer a complete overview of the way it operates within contemporary society, its characteristics, organzational structures and cultural contexts. The book also explores how criminal, social and health policies have sought to regulate and control the selling of sex.”

Regulating Sex/Work: From Crime Control to Neo-liberalism?

Regulating Sex/Work: From Crime Control to Neo-liberalism? “addresses the rise in sexual commerce and consumption by challenging traditional responses and offering a fresh approach to sex industry regulation”. It “examines different forms of sex regulation by utilizing examples from a range of sex markets in the UK, France, USA, Australia, and India” and “theorizes the apparent paradox that the increase in punitive approaches to regulating the sex industry is fueling a rise in supply, demand, and diversification of the sex industry.”

Sex Work: A Risky Business

Sex Work: A Risky Business is “a richly detailed account of the way the sex industry works, and one of the few empirical studies that investigates the off street industry in Britain.”


$pread magazine

Now sadly out of publication, $pread was a quarterly magazine by and for sex workers and those who support our rights. The magazine has a focus on personal experiences and political insights, and contains practical information like news, features, health columns, and resources related to the sex industry. Although the magazine is no longer being produced, there is a wealth of content worth browsing on their website.

Working Sex: Sex Workers Write About a Changing Industry

Working Sex: Sex Workers Write About a Changing Industry “features stories and contributions from sex workers, strippers, prostitutes, doms, film stars, phone sex operators, and internet modelswho are speaking out. This provocative anthology showcases voices from a vibrant community intent on unmasking the jobs they do with dignity and pride.”