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“I put my wallet into my bag and said if things get really bad, I can just go,” she says, narrating the story of one of the scarier incidents. Protecting myself is the most important issue.” Twenty-five cases of violent crime against sex workers were reported by the Census and Statistics Department in 2015, although 225 cases of verbal or physical abuse were brought directly to Zi Teng that year.
The discrepancy is telling, but Lee says these cases are part of the ‘occupational risk’ of the job; as in any job, they can be avoided with proper training.
This isn’t a ringing endorsement for the “sex work is work” argument, but Sandy says the risks are lower for freelancers.
She’s had a couple of near misses with clients who wanted to skip using protection, but has managed to avoid worse situations.
Unfortunately, most compensated dating women see themselves as part-timers rather than prostitutes, and don’t come to Zi Teng for help.
‘Sex Work Is Work’ The notoriety of sex work is something that has both emotional and legal consequences for workers in the industry.
Lee, a spokesperson for the sex workers’ rights organisation Zi Teng, says that lingering stigma against the industry has influenced the laws that govern it and cut off workers’ rights.
“If there is no more stigmatisation or discrimination, we believe the government may be more willing to do something for sex workers,” she says.
“In the past, I’ve been a firm believer in the motto ‘sex work is work,’” she says.
A solid chunk of her income comes from this side job – in the past nine months, she has made at least HK,000 from compensated dating.