Further Resources:

Things to read if you don't want to sound like a complete fool:

helpful books for how to think about sex work as work and how to be able to talk about it as work particularly useful for civilians

The Managed Heart
Live Sex Acts
G-Strings and Sympathy
Global Sex Workers
Sex at the Margins
Redefining Rape
Playing the Whore

Some absolutely necessary articles you can access immediately: 

How I Survived Being Rescued From Sex Trafficking, by Tara Burns

Unhappy Hooking, or Why I’m Giving Up On Being Positive

5 Sex Workers Speak Out On the Super Bowl Sex Trafficking Myth

Bill Aimed at Ending Sex Trafficking Actually Puts Women in More Danger (surprising no one)

MORE-THAN-SURVIVAL STRATEGIES: SEX WORKERS’ UNHAPPY STORIES

It is Expensive to Be Poor

Generation Screwed: Why Millennials Are Facing the Scariest Financial Future Since the Great Depression

 

Another definite must-read for anyone trying to understand the history of our sex work laws and the creation of the FBI

Another definite must-read for anyone trying to understand the history of our sex work laws and the creation of the FBI

Redefining Rape by Estelle Freedman is as necessary as Eric Foner’s history of the US (Give Me Liberty!) is to understanding the States; if you don’t understand how women’s sexual autonomy/rights were fought for and consistently constructed and gained at the expense of other women: women of colour, working class women, sex workers; then you’ll never understand sex workers’ struggle for human and labour rights, you’ll never understand the context of sex workers' rights.