A Note to Researchers
A note to researchers, students, reporters and artists who are not sex workers. We have adapted this note from an original by sex worker-led organisation Maggie's TO. Thanks to them for putting something in words that resonates so strongly with us!
Thanks for your interest in sex work justice. We need people to educate themselves about sex work, do research, study, listen and learn. It is possible to do all of this without exploiting sex workers in the process. We have drafted a few questions to assist you in doing that.
Frequently, simply reading the ample research and journalism sex workers have already offered to the world would answer some or most of the questions we get. There are extensive libraries of resources about and by sex workers. Exploring this website is a good way to start.
Sometimes the project being proposed would be harmful and needs to be completely re-thought or shelved. Because we are committed to our communities, we work to ensure that any engagement with sex workers won't leave either individual workers or the community as a whole worse off.
When you contact us, please include the following:
Please keep the following in mind:
Our priority is to meet the immediate and long-term needs of sex workers in our efforts to live and work with safety and dignity. We area vastly under-resourced organization with limited capacity to do this.
If you are a sex worker, please contact us.
If you are not a sex worker however, we need to know why we should take time and staff resources away from sex workers and put it towards you. In addition, sometimes the work you are proposing could potentially exploit or harm sex workers while at the same time building your career, research funds, reputation, belief in your own authority and desire for adventure. Therefore, the majority of the time, we decline your invitation.
Please consider this before contacting us and include answers to the questions above. If, instead of or in addition to your project you would like to contribute to the movement for sex work justice, please feel free to make a donation.
Thank you for supporting our work,
Sex Worker Open University