Metro: Can making sex work legal really stop women from being trafficked?

When Nadia arrived in the UK three days after she’d left her home in Eastern Europe, she thought she was coming to work as a nanny. It was a big move for the 18-year-old, who had made the traumatic decision to leave her baby behind. But for Nadia it was the only option. Having already managed to escape horrendous sexual abuse at the hands of her mother’s boyfriend, she’d ended up living in poverty. She truly believed that getting a job in the UK was the only way she could make a better life for her and her son. However, like countless victims of sex trafficking before her, as Nadia stepped out of the car and into the house that she would call her new home in England, she soon discovered there was no nannying job.

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Daily Maverick: OnlyFans and changing sex work stereotypes

X-rated content creators use online subscription-based platform OnlyFans to earn money and reclaim the industry as a more empowering space.

In 2020, the internet lambasted international pop sensation Dua Lipa for tucking money into a dancer’s underwear at American singer and rapper Lizzo’s Grammy after-party at the Crazy Girls strip club in Los Angeles, labelling her (and the “act”) anti-feminist and saying it was “exploiting women”.

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