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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

NET REACH: Learning from online outreach with women selling sex during Covid-19

Changing Lives produced this report to highlight their concerns that a worrying number of women are advertising to sell or exchange sex, across specialist paid platforms as well as mainstream community selling pages, as a direct result of the financial hardship created by Covid-19. They are calling for action to support women with existing vulnerabilities such as homelessness, addiction and poverty, who consistently slip through the net.

Access the report below:

Net Reach Report- FINAL (1)
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Nowhere to Turn

Sexual violence among women selling sex and experiencing sexual exploitation during Covid-19

October 2020

This report looks at the impact of the first 4 months of Covid-19 lockdown on women accessing the services of Changing Lives, who have experience of selling sex and sexual exploitation. Data from related services across the country was analysed and showed a 62% increase in the number of women disclosing that they had experienced sexual violence – although there are reasons to believe that the actual figure is much higher than this.

Access the report here.

'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.

sex workers and covid
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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.

Read the report here.


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