Like many people, sex workers may decide to change occupations. The obstacle, however, is that some employers have a prejudice against those who have worked in the adult industry.
But do not despair, as there are ways and means of getting around the issues surrounding the stigma of being a sex-worker.
1. Plan Your Exit
Pick a leave-by date – June 1, your grandmother’s birthday, Thanksgiving – and stick to it. Considerations include having enough money to support yourself until you get your first paycheck and how long it will take to find work.
But if worse comes to worst, you can always go back to sex work for a while. Or you can work part-time while you look for another job. Another option is to have sessions via Skype. The sex industry offers a lot of flexibility in that regard.
2. Contact Sex Worker Organizations
There are sex worker organizations all over the worlds. They have the people and the resources to help you find work.
There is a well-developed sense of solidarity in the sex industry. The people who work there were generally sex workers themselves, so they understand what you are going through.
3. Assess Your Skills
What skills do you have to enter the job market? If you dropped out of high school, it might be a rough go. If, however, you have an MBA, finding work will be considerably easier.
Some people may be surprised at the idea of university students being involved in the sex industry. However, a study conducted by the University of Swansea found that one in 20 students turned to sex work to help fund their studies.
4. Cover the Gaps in Your Résumé
As part of your exit plan, start taking a class or volunteering. Enroll in a course as a yoga instructor and it gives you a cover. Travel is another gap filler. So what if it was only from Milwaukie to Detroit for a week?
During the interview, be sure to specify that you wanted to see your own country first.
Another viable option is to say you were a “consultant” which is a term that covers almost everything. If you are asked exactly what you did, you can say that you helped council people on a frontline basis.
The Australian Association of Social Workers put together The Accidental Counselor Training course. Sex workers are often frontline counselors as their clients know they can trust them.
5. Start Your Own Business
As an independent sex worker, you will have to consider if you really want to work with other people, follow a set routine and adhere to an office dress code. Consider starting your own business.
Go back to your skills assessment and decide what sort of entrepreneur you might be able to be. Chances are it will be a sole proprietorship. This could be anything from being a dog walker to an online Internet researcher.
7. Solicit Help From Your Clients
Successful sex workers build up a network of clients who may be able to help them find a job. Exclusive private workers will have merchant bankers, CEOs and corporate lawyers to call on. Sex workers on the street will get to know taxi drivers who may have connections.
The formula is to put out the word that you are looking for a job and see what bounces back.
With public education and sex workers becoming more politically active, the stigma about working in the sex industry is slowly being eroded.
Actresses in the19th century were considered socially unacceptable. Now, however, many young women want to follow that career path, so eventually sex work may evolve to that level. In the meantime, there are ways to get a job even though you don’t want to mention having been a sex worker.