“In the old days, it was the kind of things you might talk about to other girls if you worked in a brothel together or at an escort service,” Maggie McNeill, a sex worker and blogger, told Vocativ in a recent piece on the financial side of sex work. “Nowadays, you strike up friendships on [message] boards and talk to each other.”
Through message boards, blogs and Tumblr pages like Sex Worker Helpfuls, a wide range of those involved in the industry have come together to compare financial advice and learn from each other, as most escorts, strippers and cam girls work with large amounts in cash, and face stigma because of the illegality of the work. Cash is the best option, as noted by Vocativ, because certain services like Paypal have policies about “certain sexually oriented materials or services” and some payment processors have even seized accounts — which, in turn, has forced sex workers to keep a running tab of sites and services that are friendly to their work.
There are tips, Excel spreadsheets to help keep up with tax deductible expenses, and even books, like, “The Tax Domme’s Guide for Sex Workers and All Other Business People” by Lori St. Kitts, aka the Tax Domme. “There is this idea that because [sex workers] deal in sex that they are all shady and criminals when the truth is that most are just trying to work a legal business under unfair laws and scrutiny,” St. Kitts told Vocativ. “Sex workers are no different than any other business, but their deductions are a bit more interesting.”
Read the full story at Vocativ.