"She is the thinking man’s dream girl... There is nothing this womancan’t do, and you can tell by the history of her blogging."
Brooke Magnanti, one of Observer’s “Faces of 2009” and Guardian newspaper's “Best British Weblog 2003,” is a scientist and author. She is writer of the bestselling Belle de Jour series of books, which were adpated into the hit ITV show "Secret Diary of a Call Girl" starring Billie Piper. She is also the writer of The Sex Myth.
Brooke has been featured by more than 100 media outlets including the Sunday Times, Independent, New Scientist, Grazia, The Scotsman, HardTalk, Sky News, This Week and Newsnight. She is a columnist for the Telegraph's Wonder Women, former science editor of Cliterati, and has contributed pieces to the Guardian, Big Issue, and Town. Brooke was featured in an episode of Stephen Fry's Planet Word and is a popular public speaker on the themes of biometric and forensic science, sexualisation and popular culture, and internet anonymity and identity.
Brooke was born in west central Florida in 1975. She received a B.Sc. from Florida State University in 1996, where she studied in the Anthropology and Mathematics departments. She later studied for a master's in Genetic Epidemiology at the University of Sheffield in England, and earned a Ph.D. in the Forensic Pathology department there. She has worked in forensic science, epidemiology, chemoinformatics and cancer research.
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Are you an editor or journalist looking for a comment from, or to commission a piece by, a current or former sex worker? Here are some people and organisations based in the UK whose work on the topic is highly recommended:
Laura is an Irish sex worker with 20 years' experience in several countries, and currently resides in Scotland. She has been widely published, appeared in television and radio debates, and is the current spokesperson for SWAI.
Sex Worker Open University
With branches in London and Glasgow, SWOU offers resources for current sex workers, and can also be contacted by media outlets looking for press releases and comments by current sex workers.
Although primarily known for her trans activism, Paris is also a former sex worker who used the work to pay for her university degree and has written and spoken about the experience in various media outlets.
English Collective of Prostitutes
A campaigning group supporting the abolition of laws prosecuting sex workers,
and can also be contacted by media outlets looking for press releases and comments by current and former sex workers.
Ruth is an ex-sex worker who campaigns for the acceptance of the Merseyside Model, which would categorise crimes against sex workers as hate crimes. She has also written a series of memoirs about her experiences. Her petition for the Merseyside Model has had tens of thousands of signatures in support.
Offering support for migrant sex wokers, and guidance notes on public policy and sex worker safety.
Miranda is a performer and comedian whose one-woman show about her experiences as a plus-sized escort has toured all over the UK, including at the Edinburgh Fringe.
A Scottish organisation conprised of sex workers and advocating for decriminalisation.
Jes is a survivour of sex trafficking who runs online training courses on best practice for addressing the problems of trafficking within communities.
Madam Becky Adams
Becky is a bestselling memoirist and former madam who campaigns for the rights of disabled clients of sex workers, and gives seminars to businesses on how they can improve customer service. She has loads of television experience, everything from breakfast TV to news.
Author and speaker, Rebecca is a former escort who offers relationship coaching and is an expert on online dating, infidelity, and neurolinguistic programming.