While sex work is still a controversial topic, it is becoming more and more relevant. I recently saw an article about a young woman who was being trafficked on a flight with her abuser. While this is often the story that is publicized about sex work, it is not the only one.
Within the sex industry, there are so many different careers. The industry is a vast one, and many people underestimate it. So many people have ideas about sex workers that just straight up aren’t true, or that are seriously misinformed. (Now let it be said, I’m not saying I know everything about it either).
The misconceptions of the sex industry are usually something like “they are being held against their will” or “they don't want to be doing sex work, but they have to to make money”. I can't say every situation is the same, but some of the times, these are not true.
Many people in sex work want to be there, and love what they are doing as a job. They are doing it because they want to. Another misconception about sex is that it is all illegal. While some of it might be, not all of it is. Considering sex work is a vast industry, anything from prostitution to exotic dancing.
Overall, I think though, we need to start working on ending the stigma surrounding sex work, as well as the violence the workers themselves experience. Yes, sex work might be a risky job, but no one deserves violence against them, especially at work. Altogether, we are all humans, and all humans deserve respect, no matter their career choice.