I provided a scan of a (female) friends passport to 'prove' I was over 18 - I thought I would have to pretend to be female, although in retrospect I very much doubt they cared.
This underlines the difficulties for sex workers in organising and the ambivalent nature of state intervention, although it does point to new mainstream interest in the subject.
Research by Sophie Day has shown the diversity of approaches to self-organisation or legal reform amongst prostitutes.
Some view their work very much as a small business and wary of legislation - which although it might mean better work conditions may also mean more regulation, less autonomy and more difficulties in remaining self-employed, and some are involved in public campaigns for legal recognition and work rights.
However, the sex industry should not be seen as limited to prostitution, as Irene Everett's case shows. The company I worked for went by the ever so pleasant and subtle name of 'box-69'.
With this in mind, spoke to Jack, a libertarian socialist who worked for a sex-texting company during 2005. The company did 'sex texting' - basically people would text sexual messages in to you (which you recieved on a computer, in a chat room type interface), and you would respond - the messages going directly to their mobiles.