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Sex work refers to the exchange of sexual products, services, and performances for monetary compensation. In some cases, the compensation can be non-monetary and instead takes the form of any material object such as a piece of jewelry. Sex workers can provide direct or indirect sexual stimulation. It is important to note that sex work is nearly always consensual and does not include involuntary transactions such as human trafficking.
The legal status of sex work varies according to different countries. It can also depend on the type of sex work offered. The main types of sex work include phone sex, erotic dancing, adult films, brothel work, escort services, phone sex, and nude webcams.
According to historians, sex work was present even in ancient primitive societies. In ancient Greece and Egypt, prostitution was quite common. Japanese Geishas were even considered as among the most venerated and prestigious members of society.
While most sex workers are female, more and more sex workers are emerging in contemporary societies. Male escorts, for example, are quite popular in China and Japan. In fact, Japanese women often hire male escorts or prostitutes to lose their virginity.
Some forms of sex work, like lap dancing, do not include extras and only provide indirect stimulation through the client's clothes. Some massage parlors also provide extra services such as fondling, oral, vaginal, and anal sex.