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On Our Own Terms: The Working Conditions of Internet-Based Sex Workers in the UK. / Sanders, Teela; Laura, Connelly; Jarvis-King, Laura.

In: Sociological Research Online, Vol. 21, No. 4, 06.12.2016, p. 133-146.

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Sanders, T, Laura, C & Jarvis-King, L 2016, 'On Our Own Terms: The Working Conditions of Internet-Based Sex Workers in the UK', Sociological Research Online, vol. 21, no. 4, pp. 133-146. https://doi.org/10.5153/sro.4152

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Sanders, Teela ; Laura, Connelly ; Jarvis-King, Laura. / On Our Own Terms: The Working Conditions of Internet-Based Sex Workers in the UK. In: Sociological Research Online. 2016 ; Vol. 21, No. 4. pp. 133-146.

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