Prostitution is prevalent in every country in the world. Despite being extensively publicized in academic papers, documentaries, opinions or other media platforms, only few people realize about the lives of sex workers. Women who do sex work live and work on top of a mountain of social stigma and punitive laws. Laws which offer protections and benefits are withheld and sex workers are left to fend for themselves. The criminal law too often becomes a tool for corrupted officials to extort money and for employers to overlook the labor standards.
Most of the attention given to sex work is focused on sex and whether it is right, wrong, immoral, illegal, etc. However, this photo essay draws your attention to the different types of work involved in sex work. These are the jobs the make up the bulk of our working day. The jobs that remain unprotected by labor laws and largely unseen.
This photo essay is in collaboration with the Empower Foundation and Sea-Junction.