Books

Here is a list of published books on sex work and the commercial sex industry, ordered by author’s last name. They range from anthologies and memoirs by sex workers, to journalistic and academic works. Each title is a hyperlink to its sale page on Amazon.com, or its publisher.

Men Who Sell Sex: Global Perspectives by Peter Aggleton and Richard Parker (editors)

Getting Screwed: Sex Workers and the Law by Alison Bass

Paying For It: A Comic Strip Memoir About Being a John by Chester Brown

Sex Workers Unite: A History of the Movement from Stonewall to SlutWalk by Melinda Chateauvert

Sex Work: Writings by Women in the Sex Industry by Frédérique Delacoste (editor)

Sex Work Matters: Exploring Money, Power and Intimacy in the Sex Industry by Melissa Hope Ditmore and Antonia Levy (editors)

Sex Slaves and Discourse Masters: The Construction of Trafficking by Jo Doezema

Rent Boys: The World of Male Sex Trade Workers by Michael Dorais

Playing the Whore: The Work of Sex Work by Melissa Gira Grant

Global Sex Workers: Rights, Resistance, and Redefinition by Kamala Kempadoo and Jo Doezma (editors)

Criminalising the Purchase of Sex: Lessons from Sweden by Jay Levy

Sex, Lies & Statistics: The truth about sex work the mainstream press, politicians, and Julie Bindel don’t want you to read by Dr. Brooke Magnanti with foreword by Maggie McNeill

Male Sex Work and Society by Victor Minichiello and John Scott (editors)

Working Sex: Sex Workers Write About a Changing Industry by Annie Oakley (editor)

Sex Work: Rethinking the Job, Respecting the Workers by Colette Parent, et. al.

Negotiating Sex Work: Unintended Consequences of Policy and Activism by Carisa R. Showden and Samantha Majic (editors)

Touching Encounters: Sex, Work, and Male-for-Male Internet Escorting by Kevin Walby

Legalizing Prostitution: From Illicit Vice to Lawful Business by Ronald Weitzer

Sex for Sale: Prostitution, Pornography and the Sex Industry by Ronald Weitzer

Sociology of Sex Work (Annual Review of Sociology, Book 35) by Ronald Weitzer