Story: Sex work

Choosing sex work

Most sex workers are motivated by the desire to earn money. In this extract from the 1994 documentary A double standard a woman talks about how she began to do sex work. She had moved to the city from a small town, with a small child to support, and met her boyfriend's sister – a sex worker who had plenty of money. Financial rewards combined with personal connections led to her choice of sex work.

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Top Shelf Productions
Reference: A Double Standard. Producer, Vincent Burke; director Clare O'Leary. Auckland: Top Shelf Productions, 1994.

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Jan Jordan, 'Sex work - Sex workers and clients', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 18 January 2022)

Story by Jan Jordan, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 31 May 2018