Encyclopedia of Sexuality and Gender

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Economics of Sex Trade

Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-59531-3_61-1



Sex work is conventionally split into two main areas, prostitution and pornography, although they sometimes overlap to a degree: this entry will cover both of these fields in turn. In addition, there are various other separate fields of sex work that currently exist such as telephone sex services, stripping/lap dancing and topless bars, and (more recently) adult web camming, which will also be more briefly considered.


Pornography is defined as the production of imagery mainly for the purpose of sexual gratification. Prostitution is the offering of personalized sex and sex-related behaviors for sale in exchange for money or other goods. Most commonly, both of these occur in relation to heterosexual sex but homosexual pornography and prostitution certainly do exist, although mainly for the male market. Male sexual services that are offered to females are a relatively small market...

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