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Commercial Sex Worker - CSW

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Updated January 26, 2014

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Definition: A commercial sex worker is an individual who exchanges sex for money or other valuable goods, such as drugs. Scientists prefer to use this term, rather than the more derogatory terms below, because it is descriptive rather than judgmental, and not associated with as much negative cultural baggage.
Also Known As: prostitute, whore

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