Statement: ONS counts sex work

It’s about time that the contribution that sex workers make to the economy was quantified. But sex work should be listed as work not as an “illegal transaction” because prostitution, the exchange of sex for money between two consenting adults, isn’t illegal.

And what about our contribution to society generally, supporting families and sometimes whole communities on the money we earn, which is often making up the shortfall from cuts in benefits, poverty wages, extortionate rents, tuition fees and other destructive economic policies.

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