Dr. Katrien Symons of the Student Sex Work Project talks about researching sex work:
Labelling the sex work researcher
A few weeks ago I started working on The Student Sex Work Project, replacing Jacky Tyrie. Starting a new job is one of those happenings in life which trigger questions of interest from the people around you. Like when you just bought a new car people will ask you what brand. And this ...
Photo: Emma Jones and Louise Clark of Gibran (UK) Ltd with Debbie Jones and Dr. Tracey Sagar of Swansea Unversity
Friday 6th June saw the last conference of Sex Work Research Wales (SWRW) at the Liberty Stadium, Swansea.
The day was entitled 'so you think you know me?' and launched the findings of the 4 year SWRW Big Lottery funded project. Report authors of the findings are Dr. Tracey Sagar and Debbie ...
One question we are regularly asked is 'What do we mean by sex work?'. For us, sex work has a broad meaning but we are aware that most people associate it with women who sell sexual acts for money, in other words the common understanding of prostitution. Our Project identifies 'sex work' as including activities such as erotic dancing, web cam sex, phone chat sex, escort work, massage parlour work ...
If you are already sex working or planning on starting a career in sex work, it is paramount that you keep yourself safe at all times.
Remember you can contact us anonymously and in confidence for advice or support. If you are a member of the project to can also contact us via our one-2-one support and chat to a member of staff from the Project.
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"I first saw The Student Sex Work Project at Fresher’s Fair. I knew what it was for but I didn't join at first for fear of being outed and being judged.
A few months later and after keeping an eye on the project online, I decided to take the risk and join. I don't know why I was so worried. It really is confidential and no one knows who you are. I can e-mail, chat to other people who understand in forums and talk online."
The Projects aim is to promote learning and understanding about student sex worker needs