Behind Closed Doors

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This report focuses on indoor sex work primarily because, while these sex workers are largely invisible, they face many of the same problems as the more visible street-based prostitutes. The stereotypes of indoor sex workers encompass only extremes of either wealth and glamour or coercion and violence. The true picture reveals a more nuanced reality—the majority of indoor sex workers in this study live surprisingly precarious lives, and encounter a high level of exactly the same problems faced by street-based sex workers, including violence, constant fear of police interference, and a lack of substantive support services. Finding concrete and reality-based solutions to the needs of this invisible, vulnerable, and marginalised community is imperative to helping them create safe and stable lives.

Contents Include:

  • Executive Summary
  • Introduction
  • Literature
  • New York City Context
  • Laws Affecting Sex Workers
  • Methodology
  • Findings
  • Sex Worker Interviews
  • Sex Work from the Perspective of Service Providers and Advocates
  • Conclusions
  • Recommendations

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