Survey for Adult Service Providers
(link to survey)
The new Survey for Adult Service Providers (SASP) is a
multi-wave survey of online adult service providers. The project
was reviewed by Baylor University’s Institutional Review Board
and found exempt. Data collection begins August 2008. The two
research investigators in this projects are Scott Cunningham
(Baylor University) and Todd Kendall (Lexecon Consulting, Inc.).
Frequently Asked Questions (pdf)
Letter to ASPs:
This is Scott
professor of economics at
I am writing to ask if you would consider participating in a
research project aimed at surveying workers in the commercial
sex industry. The survey will take about 15 minutes of your
time. The purpose of the study is to help understand the
characteristics of individuals who work in the commercial sex
industry, as well as better understand what factors determine
We're also doing this study to track how providers are doing in
the wake of the worst recession since the
We began this study back in August of 2008. Since then, the
American economy has been undergoing serious strains as problems
in the securitization of mortgages have caused problems in our
financial industry at large, and through it, our real economy.
In the midst of all this, adult service providers may be
experiencing a variety of problems themselves. On the one hand,
work may be strong right now. Many women report an increase in
business because of the overall stress happening in their
clients' lives. But many women also report a significant
slowdown in their business. Many women may also be going into
commercial sex work for the first time because of being laid off
at work. It's a very challenging time, to say the least, for
everyone, and quite possibly for you as well.
We did not intend for our study to be an indicator of the
stresses in the adult service provider labor market, but by
sheer chance, our survey was already in the field several months
before these latest rounds of
hit. Thus we have an opportunity to not only collect valuable
information about the labor market characteristics of adult
service providers in general, but also measure how the recession
is affecting providers' earnings and work effort.
So I am writing to encourage you to participate in our study if
you haven't already. If you have already, I thank you. Please
email me and I'll take your name off the contact list. But if
you haven't, I ask that you consider taking it. As I said in
previous emails, we're not affiliated with law enforcement. We
have no interest in harming you in anyway. Our goal is as
scientists to collect data and analyze it. I wish you all the
best during this difficult time, whatever you decide, though.
The URL for the survey if you are interested is below:
Department of Economics
Waco, TX 76798-8003
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James Infirmary: Sex Work Survey
St. James Infirmary have an IRB-approved researcher doing surveys at the
clinic and she has an on-line survey if anyone wants to complete it.
Below is her recruitment email Please forward it as you see fit, thanks.
Dear Potential Research Participant:
My name is Serena Wong and I am a graduate student at the
Smith College School for Social Work. I am conducting a research
project designed to explore the mental health help seeking behaviors of
female sex workers. This study is being conducted for the Master’s of
Social Work degree at
Smith College School
for Social Work and may be used in future presentations, publications,
or grants on the topic.
Participants in this study should be female between the ages of 18-60
who are currently sex workers or have worked as sex workers in the past
year. Participants will be asked to fill out an online survey (by
clicking on the link below) that asks them about their experience with
seeking professional help for emotional issues.
The survey will take approximately 10-15 minute to complete. The online
survey will be completely anonymous. There will be no financial benefit
for participating in the survey. However, participants may benefit from
knowing that they have contributed to the knowledge of sex worker’s
experience in therapy. It is my hope that this study will help
social workers have a better understanding of treating and better
serve women who work in the sex work industry.
If you are interested in participating, please go to this link to
complete the survey:
Thank you for your assistance. Please contact me if you have any further
Call for Submissions!
The curator of
"We Asian Sex Workers" is
looking for writers- both sex workers and
non sex workers- of Asian descent to submit pieces for an upcoming
anthology edited by Gennifer M. Hirano.
Click here for more information!
Workers who provide services to clients with a disability.
You are invited to
participate in a unique research project focussing on NSW sex
workers who provide services to clients with a disability. If
you are currently, or have previously worked, in NSW as a sex
worker then you are eligible to participate.
involves an anonymous questionnaire which should take no more
than 10-15 minutes to complete. The questionnaire is available
questionnaire can be downloaded from the above link and sent to:
Sex workers and clients with a disability study
c/ Faculty of Health Science
The University of Sydney
PO Box 170, Lidcombe
NSW 1825, Australia
A printed version
can be sent you upon request.
I am a
post-graduate student completing my Masters by Research degree
at the University of Sydney. I am also a current sex worker,
the Secretary of Touching Base Inc and a member of Scarlet
Alliance – the Australian Sex Workers’ Association.
completely voluntary and anonymous and your decision to
participate – or not - will in no way affect your current or
future involvement with any of the organisations I am currently
affiliated with, or any personal or professional relationship I
may share with you. Submission of the completed questionnaire is
an indication that you have consented to participate in this
this study will allow you to talk about a section of your work
which is rarely discussed or acknowledged and which has never
been specifically researched.
It is anticipated
that the final results can be used to educate and influence the
future development of training and awareness workshops for sex
workers, disability services provider, clients with a
disability, academics, policy makers and the general public.
information please contact:
Rachel Wotton: firstname.lastname@example.org
+61 2 9351 9647