This thread is fast becoming even funnier than it was...

Jennaisme: the union here in Vic is called the Prostitutes Collective (PCV) or used to be, they may have changed their name now.

I've worked in a few 'gentleman's clubs' as a burlesque sword-swallower (you can imagine the comments I get...) and can second your post about strippers - some of them being empowered, happy and well-paid. Some though, are not...

It could be rather amusing working in sex shop retail, but mostly after about 5mins I should imagine it could be tawdry, creepy and odd. You would see some funny and interesting people and things happen, though. I used to work in a tattoo parlour that sold high-heels in sizes big enough for trannies, and some of those guys were going to extremes to pretend they weren't shopping for high heels.