If you are a female, male, or trans* person who has experience:

Providing sexual services for money in Canada


OR

Paying money for sexual services in Canada

 

We want to hear about how technology influences the way you communicate, share and gather information.

 

Participation is anonymous, confidential, and secure.







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Experience selling sexual services?


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Experience purchasing sexual services?


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What we are studying

This study seeks to understand how all different types of information and communication technologies (ICTs) are used by people in the sex industry.

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Most sex industry research focuses on the attitudes, understandings or experiences of EITHER people who provide sexual services (i.e., sex workers) OR the people who purchase these services (i.e., clients).


This study is the FIRST in Canada to investigate the diverse ways that people involved in the provision of AND payment for sexual services use ICTs to develop relationships, exchange information and negotiate the screen-to-screen and face-to-face exchange of services.


We are seeking to provide a forum for both people who sell and pay for sex or sexual services. We believe that bringing the voices and perspectives together will help to better understand the complexities of the sex industry in Canada, the factors influencing health and safety, and how technology use is related to both clients' and providers' safety, security, and privacy when navigating sexual service for money exchanges.






What the research is about



Technology is an integral part of modern life. We have access to, and regularly connect with, different forms of technology. The ways we communicate and gather information through technologies are dynamic, complex, and have become a part of our social fabric. Yet, we know very little about how people who sell and pay for sexual services use these technologies to share and gather information, coordinate sessions, communicate with peers, professionals, or clients, or learn about the rules and regulations of the sex industry.


Some of our key questions include:

 

How do current Canadian laws and regulations inform the way technology is used to communicate in the sex industry?

 

How are sex workers and clients similar and different in their experiences using communication technology?

 
 

How are communication technologies used to share information between workers, clients, and wider communities?

 
 

How does technology use enhance or constrain worker - client health and safety?


Why you need to get involved

Here are some reasons why your participation matters:


What to expect when you participate

If you are interested in contributing to this study, there are two ways you can participate:



ONLINE SURVEY


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  • The survey will take between 30 and 60 minutes to complete.
  • Involvement is confidential and you remain anonymous
  • You can withdraw at any time and your responses will be destroyed.
  • Results of the survey will be posted on this website at a later date.
  • If you have questions before, during, or after the survey, you can contact us at any time.
  • To start the survey, click here.






AND/OR

CONVERSATIONAL INTERVIEW


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  • Interviews can last between 30 and 90 minutes.
  • Participating in an interview can be done in person, over the phone, or by Skype.
  • The interview will be audio recorded and transcribed.
  • Involvement is confidential and private and anonymous.
  • You can withdraw at any time and any materials will be destroyed.
  • To book an interview, click here.

Confidentiality, Privacy and Security


One of the primary goals of this project is to provide a safe, confidential, private, and secure space for people who provide and pay for sexual services to present their thoughts, experiences, opinions, and beliefs in their own words.



 

The right to privacy, confidentiality and security is of great importance to us. We recognize that sharing thoughts, experiences, and opinions on the selling and buying of sexual services can be uncomfortable for some. Therefore, by participating in this research project we guarantee that:

 
  • The research has ethical approval and has strict ethical protocols to protect your privacy.
  • Responses provided in the interviews and online survey are kept in strict confidence.
  • Data is encrypted, stored and protected on secure in-house servers, in Canada.
  • We do not write down your name or contact information in our research records.
  • Contact information is only used with you to schedule an interview or answer questions you may have.

The Research Team

Vicky Bungay, Principal Investigator

Vicky first worked as a critical care nurse in the Maritimes, but was deeply impacted by the health inequities she saw patients facing. Her academic research focuses on addressing health and health care inequities, with particular interests in sexuality, gender, and community engagement. Her work with people in the commercial sex industry and those involved in the street demonstrate her commitment to partnerships that positively impact stigmatized communities. Her research emphasizes the individual, social, and structural factors affecting health and is aimed at improving health and social policy, nursing practice, and health service delivery.

Project News and Publications

Our Research in the Media

Funding and Support

This study has been funded and supported by:




Contact Us

To book and interview or if you have questions, comments, concerns, or suggestions?

Vicky Bungay

School of Nursing

University of British Columbia

Vancouver, B.C., Canada

Phone: 1.604.822.7933

Mobile (call or text): 1.604.250.7581

Email: info@street-to-screen.ca

Web: UBC Capacity Research Unit