Trade Secrets: The Ultimate Guide to Safety, Health and Well-Being for Sex Workers

Trade Secrets – a thirteen-chapter guide to health, safety, business and well-being for all sex workers – was compiled by the British Columbia Coalition of Experiential Communities from 2007-9. The guide was written by 13 sex industry workers and was based on interviews and focus groups to include input from 89 men and women with diverse experiences in the sex trade, 19 third-party individuals, and seven clients.

The guide reminds SWOP-Chicago of The Boston Women’s Health Collective’s renowned “Our Bodies, Ourselves” and is just as empowering, detailed and useful. Although specific information on laws and resources will not apply to U.S. or Chicago-based workers, the guide remains infinitely useful.

We’ve provided links to the most relevant sections for U.S.-based sex workers below.

Trade Secrets – Online Version

Chapter One – Our Workspaces

Chapter Two – Our Co-Workers and Associates

Chapter Three – Our Clients

Chapter Four – Our Work

Chapter Five – US

Chapter Six – Our Bodies

Chapter Seven – Our Relationships

Chapter Nine – Our Businesses

Chapter Ten – Our Community

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