Financial Solutions for Sex Industry Workers During COVID-19

May 20, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has created widespread economic hardship, with the adult entertainment industry particularly negatively impacted. How are strippers and other sex workers supposed to make money while maintaining a safe social distance? If you’re struggling with the loss of income as an exotic dancer, here are some promising options that you should consider.

Government Funding and Support

Around the globe, many workers are turning to their government for financial assistance and support during this crisis. This option for funding can help sustain you and your family while providing for your basic needs. However, members of the adult entertainment industry have found this assistance to be unsubstantial. 

Strippers and other self-employed entertainers will be able to file for unemployment and collect a stimulus check in the United States. This is an excellent solution for any American exotic dancers who are struggling during this pandemic. However, the COVID-19 bailout bill specifically excludes many other types of legal sex workers from protection. Around the world, many members of the adult entertainment industry will be limited in their ability to access government funding and stimulus benefits.

Collective Action Funds

Unfortunately, many countries do not sufficiently support their sex industry workers and members of the adult entertainment industry. During this crisis, hard-working individuals around the world have been denied the financial assistance that they desperately need. What should you do if you don’t qualify for government funding or stimulus packages?

Hundreds of organizations, online initiatives, and collective action funds have been created on an international scale to provide relief for sex industry workers. In the U.K., a sex-worker-led collective from SWARM offers solidarity and financial support. They offer payments of £200 for U.K. sex workers and have helped over 200 individuals during this crisis.

Collective action funds for sex industry workers during COVID-19 are also available in other parts of the world. The Advocacy Coordinator of the Network of Sex Workers of Indonesia, for example, supports the vital needs of sex workers in their community. In Germany, the Berlin Collective Action Nightlife Emergency Fund can provide financial aid to sex industry workers who have been impacted by COVID-19.

Build Your Online Presence

While physical strip clubs may be shut down, there are still plenty of places online to make money using sex appeal and erotic skills. OnlyFans is currently one of the most popular sites for self-employed sex workers to make money. You can use OnlyFans to attract subscribers that will pay you a monthly fee to view your content. 

The internet is filled with live camming websites that offer great opportunities for income. Try signing up as a performer on sites like Chaturbate or CamSoda and test out your earning potential.

People are now staying home on their phones more than ever before, making it the ideal time to grow your social media presence. Building your brand on platforms like Twitter and Instagram can help you earn more money in the long run. For one thing, having more followers will lead to you getting more subscribers to your OnlyFans account and other online platforms. Additionally, a solid online presence will also help attract clients when clubs open again.

Courses and Training

If you’re struggling to earn money during the COVID-19 pandemic, know that you aren’t alone. These times are difficult for everyone, but particularly for members of the adult entertainment industry. Make sure to take care of yourself physically and mentally during this crisis and maintain your skills as an exotic dancer. Take advantage of this time to enroll in a pole dancing fitness class or “stripper-preneur” educational course. Applying the knowledge and training offered at Lexi Ladies Academy is the secret to success in this industry.

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