Louis Theroux: Selling Sex

Louis Theroux: Selling Sex



In another of his unsettling safaris, Louis looks at the “new sexual economy”. He’s exploring the fact that across Britain, social media and specialist websites have made legally exchanging sex for money easier than ever.

Louis wears his uncomfortable vicar look a fair bit as he meets women – from widely differing backgrounds – who aren’t full-time sex workers but make a lucrative sideline from sleeping with strangers. “It’s quite fun,” says art student Ashley. “It’s like going out, but without the commitment because it’s only one hour and then I can leave.”

Single mother Victoria says the flexibility makes it the perfect part-time job to fit in with looking after her children. But Louis senses there are deeper issues and as ever, gently probes people’s motives to find things they themselves are only just realising.


Louis meets women legally providing sexual services, either to make a living or to supplement their income, potentially earning hundreds of pounds per hour. But rather than on the streets or in illegal brothels, these women sell sex from their own homes or hotels, utilising technology to share photos, make bookings and vet potential clients - making the exchange more accessible and, according to some, safer than the illegal alternatives. As Louis meets some of those participating in this new sexual economy, he explores whether selling sex can ever be a healthy way to make money.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Louis Theroux
Director Joshua Baker
Executive Producer Arron Fellows
Executive Producer Peter Dale
Producer Cheryl Hockey