Working with Sex Workers 101

Presented by Angie Gunn, LCSW, CST, CSTS and Raquel Savage, M.S., MFT

Friday, April 19, 2024

8am-10am PT / 10am-12pm CT / 11am-1pm ET

Event held online via Zoom, link to access provided upon registration.

In this lesson, we will explore the diversity of sex workers and gain a deeper understanding of the various individuals who engage in this profession. It is important to approach this topic with an open mind and without judgment, as we seek to educate ourselves and promote inclusivity and respect for all individuals involved in sex work (Weber, 2020).

Sex workers come from diverse backgrounds and have a wide range of experiences. They can be of any gender, age, race, or socioeconomic status. Some individuals may choose sex work as a means of financial stability, while others may be forced into it due to circumstances beyond their control. It is crucial to recognize that sex work is not limited to street-based prostitution but also includes individuals working in brothels, escort services, pornography, and online platforms. Each segment of the sex work industry has its own unique challenges and dynamics (Rayson & Alba, 2019).

Stigma and stereotypes surrounding sex work are prevalent in society and can have serious consequences for sex workers. It is important to gain a deeper understanding of these issues in order to challenge and dismantle harmful beliefs and attitudes (Tomko et al., 2020).

Stigma refers to the negative beliefs, attitudes, and judgments that society holds towards certain groups of people. Sex workers often face significant stigma due to the nature of their work. They are often seen as immoral, dirty, and deserving of mistreatment. These stereotypes not only perpetuate discrimination and violence against sex workers but also hinder their access to healthcare, legal protection, and social support. It is crucial to recognize that sex work is a legitimate occupation and that sex workers deserve respect and dignity (Meyer & Frost, 2013).

Zoom link will be available on course page in “My Courses” upon event registration. 

This program, when attended in its entirety, offers 2.0 CEs for Psychologists, 2.0 IL CEUS for Counselors and Social Workers, 2.0 BBS California CEUs for LPCCs, LPSWs, and LMFTs, or  2.0 AASECT CEs for Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists.