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Social Science Prostitution & Sex Trade

Rock Paper Sex

The Oldest Profession in Canada’s Oldest City

by (author) Kerri Cull

Breakwater Books Ltd.
Initial publish date
Sep 2017
Prostitution & Sex Trade
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Sep 2017
    List Price
  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Aug 2017
    List Price

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St. John’s is known as a flourishing port city, a cultural gem, and popular tourist destination: a picturesque city of pubs and restaurants, music and colourful houses. But a thriving sex trade quietly exists beneath that polished conception, a trade few are aware of or even understand. In an engaging journalistic style, Kerri Cull respectfully reveals the people who make up the city’s surprisingly diverse sex industry and, in the process, makes a compelling humanistic argument for understanding before judgment.

About the author

Kerri Cull is the author of Soak (2012) and Rock Paper Sex: The Oldest Profession in Canada’s Oldest City (2017). She has a Master of Arts in English literature and a Bachelor of Education in post-secondary education, and is currently working on a diploma in police studies. She lives and works in St. John’s.


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Editorial Reviews

Filled with stories of empowerment, violence, and everything in between, author Kerri Cull is shedding new light on a very controversial industry in the city.

The Telegram

"…as this, the first such mainstream survey of the sex trade in St. John's, shows, the oldest profession still contends with some shadows."

The Telegram

In addition to its compelling human stories of sex workers' lives, Rock Paper Sex makes some important footnotes…"

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