Research/articles regarding the impact of COVID-19 on the global adult entertainment/sex industry and the individuals who work within it. To share research on this page please fill in the form on the 'Contact Us' page or email

'COVID-19 illuminates discriminatory sex work policies'

Lynzi Armstrong (2020)

Scotland, Ireland and New Zealand have dealt with sex workers very differently during the pandemic, and the results are telling. Click here to access the article.

'COVID-19 shines a red light on sex workers’ lack of protection in Europe'

ICRSE - International Committee on the Rights of Sex Workers in Europe (2020)

European governments look the other way when we ask them how they will help sex workers survive the coming weeks and months. This has to change. Click here to access the article.

'Sex Workers must not be forgotten in the COVID-19 response'

Platt L, Elmes J, Stevenson L, Holt V, Rolles S, Stuart R (2020)

As countries maintain or adjust public health measures, emergency legislation, and economic polices in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, there is an urgent need to protect the rights of, and to support, the most vulnerable members of society. Sex workers are mong the most marginalised groups.

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'Online Sex Workers Global Response to Covid-19 - and what we can do to support them'

MASH (Manchester Action on Street Health) (2020)

How have online sex workers responded to the crisis?

SW Response to CovidMASH (3)
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Sex Work, Ending Demand, and 'We Told You So' in the Time of COVID

Sex Workers Alliance Ireland (SWAI) (2020)

Sex workers, like all workers, have been hit hard by the crisis. But the reality is that the coronavirus has only exacerbated the existing difficulties faced by sex workers working in Ireland.

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