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COVID-19 Could be Serious for Sex Workers

2020-04-03 1400

Sex work is not just work

Sex work is not just work, it's intimate labor. Because of this, every year New Zealand sex workers are at greater chance for colds and flus than other typical workers. With the sector's first international pandemic in over ten years, sex workers are responding to a situation already cloaked in health fears, hysteria, insufficient institutional response, with the on-going challenges of being an underserved population.

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New Zealand has also been hit with the aid of the virus, and the ramifications on day to day existence have numerous dramatically by region. In New Zealand, there are many faculties and workplaces have closed, advisories were posted, and people are taking significant precaution to limit their physical contact with others.

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For people who function in a non-crucial offerings marketplace which frequently consists of intimate bodily contact, the impact has been wide and swift. Corporate bottom lines form the tour of customers and providers
In efforts to limit bodily spread of the virus, many corporations, which include Twitter, Google, and Facebook (in addition to the federal government) have all restricted employee travel in various ways. For places of the adult leisure enterprise who are often reliant on meetings and travellers, those cancellations are virtually starting to add up.

At first while this began my associate who is also a sex worker, thought ‘oh my god, we won't get any new clients, we need to start saving money and I thought it'd be fine. This week I found out it's now not going to be fine. There's a pretty top part of my work that are people who are traveling, and all those travels plans were cancelled indefinitely now. Intersections of the affected are already adding up, especially for sex workers who are also caregivers, the quarantine has been additionally tough. “My companion is a determine and school became closed, so she has to stay home with her child,” my associate explained.

Sex workers have also historically been targeted as “vectors of ailment” for a variety of distinctive concerns and been blamed for the whole lot from the spread of HIV/AIDS, to syphilis, and other sexually transmitted infections. This connection to public health has been used as an excuse to criminalize, stigmatize, register, forcibly check and at instances quarantine folks who trade sex.
Sex workers, though, have often been the ones on the forefront of sexual health information.

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