VICE magazine, 16th February 2016
“If you have sex with a prostitute without her permission, is it rape or shoplifting?” This is just one of the tasteless gags that comes up when you type “prostitute jokes” into Google.
Some people still believe there is a core of truth to it.
There is currently a nasty strand of public opinion that says it is impossible to rape a sex worker—simply because sex is a service they offer. As a result, those who are unlucky enough to face violence while working will have to see it as an “occupational hazard.”
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