Research Into Purchasing Sex Abroad

Leicester University Research Commercial Sex Abroad

Our colleagues here at the University of Leicester are conducting research into purchasing commercial sex whilst travelling abroad. Dr. Lahav-Raz has been in touch with the following.

Hi, my name is Dr Yeela Lahav-Raz. I’m a sociologist from the University of Leicester, UK. I’m researching sex work regulations and politics. You are being invited to participate in a research study about purchasing commercial sex while travelling abroad. The purpose of this research study is to learn and expand knowledge about Internet-based sex markets, especially in the Middle East. It will take you approximately 10-15 minutes to complete the survey. You can withdraw at any time, and you are free to omit any questions regarding the purchase of commercial sex. Your results are anonymous, and no identifying information is collected, including no IP addresses.

You can take part in the research by completing the online (anonymous) survey here:




New Publication

The research team at BtG have an inclusion in the Routledge International Handbook of SexImage result for international book of sex industry research Industry research. The chapter is entitled Technology mediated sex work: fluidity, networking & regulation in the UK.

This chapter draws on findings from the Beyond the Gaze (BtG) research project, the largest UK study to date of the working practices, safety and regulation of the online sex markets. BtG has produced some significant data sets which shed light on the characteristics and regulation of contemporary sex work, particularly for independent escorts and webcammers.

The chapter explores the changing shape of the online sex industry and looks at digital technology and its shaping of the industry. Drawing on BtG research the chapter suggests that the online world is a platform for workers to unify and manage safety, to a degree. It also look sat how policing of the online sector is in its infancy.

The chapter is another way to share some of the BtG findings and ensures that the research does not disappear into the ether, as so many research findings do. This is in addition to the more hands-on sharing that is continuing with BtG and National Ugly Mugs. More coming soon on the developments of community-impact dissemination.

Matt Valentine-Chase, BtG Webmaster and former researcher for BtG.

No Silence To Violence – New Report By SWARM

This report was produced by the Sex Worker Advocacy and Resistance Movement in December 2018. Here is what they have to say:

To mark International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers on December 17th 2018, SWARM published ‘No silence to violence’, a report on violence against women in prostitution in the UK. The report is specifically aimed at people working in organisations which tackle violence against women and girls (VAWG) and which deliver support services to women who have experienced violence. It includes in-depth testimony from women who have lived experience of doing sex work in the UK and features contributions and case studies from Basis Yorkshire, English Collective of Prostitutes and National Ugly Mugs. 

To access their report in PDF please click here.

BtG Contributing to Research Symposium – Understanding Sex Work: Contemporary Research from Wales & ‘Beyond the Gaze’ – 6th June 2018 – University of Swansea

Understanding Sex Work: Contemporary Research from Wales and ‘Beyond the Gaze’.

BtG is pleased to contribute to a Sex Work Research Symposium being delivered in collaboration by the Consortium for Sexuality Studies (CSS), Hillary Rodham Clinton School of Law, Swansea University ( and the All Wales Sex Work Safety and Support Group.

Date: Wednesday 6th June 2018. Registration is from 12.45pm, with the Symposium starting at 1pm until 3.30pm.

Venue: Hillary Rodham Clinton School of Law, Richard Price Building, Singleton Campus, Swansea University, SA2 8PP.

This event brings together the findings from three contemporary studies that seek to develop understandings about the changing nature of sex work.

The CSS brings together partners from practice and academia across Wales, the UK and Europe with the aim of establishing innovative research projects across three interlinked themes:

  • Sex work
  • Sex and the Life Course
  • Sexual Exploitation

The aim of the All Wales Sex Work Safety & Support Group is to provide leadership and strategic direction in maintaining the safety of those who choose to work in the sex industry while protecting and assisting those who are exploited and want to exit.

Confirmed speakers and presentation titles include:

  • Behind the screen: key findings, policy and practice implications from ‘Beyond the Gaze’ a large scale study of online sex work in the UK’ Dr Rosie Campbell OBE Beyond the Gaze, Leicester University
  • Pathways into Street Sex Work Dr Rachel Swann, Cardiff University
  • How sex work identities shape and inform transactional sex in Cardiff Massage Parlours: Reflections of the support and advocacy requirements of sex worker’s Sam Hanks, Swansea University

Who should attend the symposium?

This symposium is an opportunity for Police & Crime Commissioners, senior Police Officers & those responsible for Community Safety, Adult Safeguarding & Housing in statutory agencies to discuss and debate the changing landscape around the vulnerability of those working in the sex industry so that service planning and commissioning meets the needs of this client group. It will also be of interest to front line professional/service provider or organisation academics/researchers, who are interested in the responses to sex work.

How do I register?

This is a free event, but places are limited. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis.  To register go to:


If you have any questions please contact, Debbie Jones