Trans actress Laverne Cox (Orange Is The New Black) has played about a half-dozen sex workers, and she sees typecasting is just one part of a larger problem:
It’s complicated when we talk about trans sex workers, because we have this society that says “We don’t want to hire you to work in our offices,” or even Starbucks or McDonald’s sometimes, but then they will pay you hundreds of dollars to have sex or to be in pornographic films. What is someone going to do? We’re often trapped into these communities where sex work is the only option. So the reality of that needs to be explored in stories, and when I can find that reality and humanity in the script, then I’ll take that role.