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Learn more about sex work from people in the industry

Pole work is one part of sex work and is more familiarly called pole dancing.
Kathleen Creedon
Texas Public Radio
Pole work is one part of sex work and is more familiarly called pole dancing.

This guide is part of a series from Texas Public Radio called “Running Red-Lights.” The podcast and additional reporting focuses on the history of sex work in San Antonio and the women who ran the industry, but who weren’t allowed to make history.

San Antonio’s red-light district has a storied past, but sex workers are still here today — working online, in the streets and in clubs.

Though sex work is often thought of as the oldest profession, the term "sex work" is relatively new. It's more than full-service — intercourse — and includes things like porn work, stripping, webcam work, phone sex and more.

Sex work is any consensual labor where the goal is to produce a sexual or erotic response, according to the Sex Workers Outreach Project.


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  • Playing the Whore by Melissa Gira Grant
  • Insatiable: Porn – A Love Story by Asa Akira
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Kathleen Creedon can be reached at kathleen@tpr.org or on Twitter at @Kath_Creedon