Beyond the gaze: working practices, safety and regulation of internet-based sex workers in the UK
Professor Teela Sanders and Dr Rosie Campbell have been funded by the ESRC to investigate how digital technologies have affected the sex industry using a participatory research methods approach which locates sex workers at the centre of the work.
We have produced the largest datasets of online sex workers and their customers in Europe, if not beyond, to expand our understanding of how the sex industry has changed and now operates. We have interviewed 55 police across 16 police forces and have some clear recommendations regarding policy and practice as police and others try to react to a fast changing industry. The project has produced safety resources for the sex work community, and good practice guidelines for health practitioners based on a collective consortium of practitioners and sex workers.
- A book based on the findings has been published: Internet Sex Work (Springer, 2018)
- Further information about the research is available in a 'Behind the screen: Commercial sex, digital spaces and working online', a journal article published in Technology in Society
- For more details about the project or to download the 5 briefings, take a look at the Beyond the Gaze website
This study will lead to the development of an outreach information service for sex workers via the internet and a Netreach toolkit for good practice guidance on models of internet outreach and working with internet-based sex workers.