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The Way We Work Now

‘Going to a strip club isn’t fun when you’re getting a dance in between a clear curtain and the girl is wearing a mask’

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The Way We Work Now is a series chronicling how people’s lives and careers have fundamentally changed because of the pandemic.

This anonymous woman in her twenties works at a strip club in Las Vegas. She spoke to Mai Tran about transitioning more to digital striptease, or “camming,” once the pandemic hit.

I don’t know when it’s going to be safe to partake in my profession again, and that’s really scary for people like me, who chose this line of work because of the accessibility it provides.

On an average day before Covid, I would do my online work in…

Politicians are finally talking about sex work, but they still don’t really get it

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For decades, politicians have debated the laws governing sex work without including many actual sex workers in the conversation. But that dynamic has begun to change. In recent years, sex worker rights movements have become more visible than ever before; not just on the streets or in the media, but also in the halls of power, where the voices of advocates and activists are finally being heard. In the U.S., …

2020 hopefuls like Kamala Harris and Cory Booker want to decriminalize sex work — but advocates are still skeptical

At the core of the years-long fight to decriminalize sex work in the United States lies a simple proposition: Those engaged in the trade should have the same right to work as any other person in America. “We are people who want dignity, who want humanity, who want to make money as we need to. We’re just providing services,” says Alex Corona, a board member of the California-based network Sex Workers Outreach Project-USA. “Any candidate who is not on the platform of decriminalizing sex work is not in a place to help sex workers.”

And for the first time, presidential…


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