Cost of living: The women doing sex work to make ends meet – BBC News

The English Collective of Prostitutes (ECP), which supports sex workers, said the calls to their helpline were increasingly from women going into or returning to sex work because of the rising cost of living. Women who need to pay the bills, to keep the gas on, to feed their family and still be able to scrape together the rent. It is called “survival sex”.

“Women are contacting us for information about starting sex work because they can’t afford energy, food, or travel,” Ms Adams said. “Others are going back into sex work after decades doing other jobs because rising costs mean they can no longer make ends meet.”

London is still a place of buying, selling and stealing sex, of getting in cars to pleasure strangers for cash, of risking life and limb for a moment of transactional intimacy. Just to pay the rent.

Cost of living: The women doing sex work to make ends meet – BBC News