Important notice for all Escorts

Please help us with an important study on Internet-based sex work

The research project ‘Beyond the Gaze’ is the largest study to date of Internet-based sex work and is being carried out by an experienced team of researchers at Leicester and Strathclyde Universities, who have many years’ experience of research with people working in adult services/sex industry. It is a UK-wide study, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, which is collecting important new data on Internet-based sex markets, working conditions in this sector, how these markets are policed and what support is needed to improve sex workers’ safety and wellbeing. The study is participatory, having current and former sex workers as part of the team and other mechanisms for consulting sex workers.

As part of this research we are seeking the views and experiences of sex workers living and/or working in the UK who use the Internet in their work, through an online survey. The survey is designed for sex workers of all genders working in adult services, including escorts, webcammers, providers of erotic massage, BDSM and other sexual services. It focuses on sex workers’ use of online and digital technologies, working conditions and job satisfaction, safety, privacy and reporting crimes, and how the UK laws could better protect sex workers.

The survey does not collect any identifying information and is completely anonymous. We have permission from the University ethics committee and work within strict ethical guidelines to protect the privacy and anonymity of all people taking part in our research. The survey should take no longer than 15-20 minutes to complete.

The results of this project will be used to inform policy and practice in order to improve working conditions and services to sex workers using the Internet in their work. Project outputs will include a range of briefings informed by the research findings and the development of a toolkit for good practice guidance on providing appropriate models of Internet outreach & working with online sex workers. Go to our website to find out more about the research and the team who are carrying it out:http://beyond-the-gaze.com/.

If you would like to take part in this survey, please go to the survey through the following link:https://leicester.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/btg-sex-worker-survey. This survey is being advertised through various online platforms, networks and projects, so please only complete the survey once.

Anyone who completes the survey will be eligible to be entered into a prize draw. There are three prizes of £50 vouchers to be won. If you wish to be entered for the prize draw, you will be asked to provide your email address, which will only be used for this purpose and will be deleted once the draw has taken place at the end of January 2017.

Please respond as soon as possible. We would really value your input. Thanks for taking part!

If you would like more information about the survey or the project please contact Dr Rosie Campbell ([email protected]; call or whatsapp 07834148333).

Dr RosieCampbell OBE
Research & Netreach Officer
Beyond the Gaze
Dept. of Criminology
University of Leicester
Mobile: +4407834148333
Twitter: @BeyondtheGaze
Website: http://beyond-the-gaze.com/

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