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The US State Department’s Misunderstanding of Virtual Reality Sex Work


The US State Department has been accused of mistaking virtual reality sex work for prostitution after denying entry to a British sex worker selling “erotic roleplay” experiences in the virtual reality social platform VRChat. Hex, the sex worker in question, was refused a US tourist visa despite never meeting clients in person.

The State Department has the power to deny entry for any reason, with engagement in prostitution listed as one of the ineligibilities. However, it’s unclear if the law applied in this case, as virtual reality sex does not involve physical contact between two people, and Hex told the immigration officer that her work was legal and involved no in-person contact.

The denial letter Hex received stated the reason given was “inadmissibility due to prostitution” with the handwritten code “2DI,” which points to the visa ineligibility clause about prostitution. Even though Hex had not mentioned her Fansly page – a subscription platform where she offers “IRL” photos – in her visa application and had only told the officer her work involved no in-person contact.

The Sex Worker’s Project, an expert in the field, has spoken out, saying travelers are increasingly being interrogated at borders under suspicion of “prostitution” due to their online presence.

Hex is determined to clear her name and resolve the issue, saying, “I want to clear my name and resolve this as it’s unfair and untrue.” She had planned to visit friends and still hopes to make it happen.

The US State Department has declined to comment on the case, and I’ve contacted Hex to ask if there have been new developments. The incident has sparked a conversation on the moral and legal implications of virtual reality sex work, and it remains to be seen what the outcome of this case will be.

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Mila commented on her new role: “I am thrilled to join MojoHost. This company’s values truly reflect my own, and I am genuinely inspired by the work ahead of me. MojoHost’s commitment to customer success, use of cutting-edge technologies, outstanding technical support, and environmental sustainability makes my marketing mission easier. MojoHost provides the essential tools for online companies to function, entertain, and inspire. One new server at a time, I aim to bring Good Mojo to the world!”

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About MojoHost:

With 69 awards since 1999, MojoHost is the foremost Industry leader delivering top-notch hosting solutions. Offerings include an extensive array of services such as dedicated servers, VPS, cloud compute, cloud storage, and CDN with its data center operations located in the Netherlands, Michigan, and Florida. MojoHost is committed to providing robust global service with unparalleled performance, robust security, amazing customer service, and outstanding value. Discover more about MojoHost’s comprehensive offerings at www.MojoHost.com.

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