Prostitution is probably the oldest trade known to mankind. Humans have exchanged money and goods for sex for thousands of years. And now in this digital age, sex workers around the world are moving the trade to a new portal – the internet.

Portals of Lust: Digital Realms

Today’s digital technology is shaking up the oldest profession. The marketing and arrangement of commercial sex are moving and shifting online, and as a result, looking for sex is now as easy as clicking a button. In fact, E-commerce abounds in the virtual commercialisation of sex, proof of which are the increasing numbers of porn sites, cybersex, Australian phone sex offers, webcams and online sex shows on the internet.

Technology has reshaped how adult erotic industry workers do their business. They simply turn to the internet to find their clients and expand their market. Commercial online sex is thriving and global adult content is growing by the day – from brothels to escort agencies to sex workers’ personal websites.  Numerous profiles of male and female sex workers are put out there with images and detailed information about the range of services they provide, as well as the rates they charge. All the prospective clients have to do is browse through the categories by location, age, body type, hair colour, physical characteristics, ethnicity and sexual orientation. Once they find what they like, they simply communicate with them to discuss and negotiate on the service before meeting up. More ads are also found on different social media sites like Twitter, Facebook and Instagram which has become a new frontier for sex workers as well.

The sex trade has a lot of different sectors and some of them involve young men and women who are being forced or coerced into the sale of sex through force or manipulation. There’s also another sector who engage in providing sex for a charge who feel that digital prostitution has become a safer place for them as compared to the days when they walk the streets looking to pick up men. The internet has improved their safety and reduced the criminality that can sometimes be associated with sex work. This sector has also been taking advantage of the technological developments and has become more entrepreneurial, profiting more financially.

Prostitution has certainly embraced the digital age and we can’t understate just how much it has changed the oldest profession.