A sex worker is a woman who sells sex for money.
The profession is often seen as a form of slavery, a way to get around laws against sex work, as the industry is often a risky place for women.
But a study published in the American Journal of Sex Research shows that some women in the sex trade are willing to work for less than minimum wage, and that those who do get a good job often find it harder to support themselves financially.
But what happens when they find themselves being exploited?
What you need to know about sexual exploitation:Key points:Researchers found that women who work as sex workers are more likely to be sexually exploited than women who are employed in other occupations such as retail and hospitalityThe report also found that the average age of sex workers is 32 and their average annual income is $13,800What this article says:Researchers from University of Toronto, University of British Columbia, University at Buffalo, University College London and the University of Adelaide analysed the sexual exploitation of women working as sex work in Australia.
They used data from a nationally representative survey conducted by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) to find out how women working in the industry are being exploited.
In addition, they analysed statistics from the Department of Justice’s Australian Bureau Of Crime Statistics, to compare the rates of sexual exploitation in Australia with those in other countries.
The study found that in 2010, there were 5,074 women working for sex in Australia, compared to 5,811 women in other industries.
This means that in 2012, there was a 15 per cent increase in the number of sex work workers in Australia compared to the year before.
However, the researchers said that there was still a long way to go in terms of understanding the scale of the problem.
“Many of these women are young and in their 20s, and we think that the risk of sexual abuse is high because they are inexperienced and are young,” the authors wrote in the report.
“The main barrier to understanding sexual exploitation and its impact on women is that women in this industry are often viewed as ‘subservient’ and ‘easy targets’.”
The researchers also noted that the number and nature of the forms of sexual violence they identified was similar to the prevalence of other forms of violence against women, such as domestic violence, dating violence, and sexual assault.
“Our findings highlight that a key factor contributing to the higher rates of female sexual exploitation is that these women, unlike the rest of the population, do not receive adequate protective services, nor are they represented as potential victims,” the researchers wrote.
The research was published in a paper entitled ‘Female sexual exploitation victims in Australia: a systematic review’.
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