“First things first: 9 times out of 10, when you approach a sex worker organization with the intent of studying them, you are not helping them. You are helping yourself. The completion of your research, alone, is not “helping” sex workers.”
SWOP receives many requests from researchers. We appreciate your interest and your desire to understand the work that we do, and the experiences of those who use our services. Objective, ethical and well-planned research into the NSW sex industry can indeed be useful to our work.
SWOP’s priority is improving the health of all sex workers in NSW, and improving the protection of their human rights. We are an under-resourced organisation with a finite capacity to achieve these goals. If you are a NSW sex worker doing research, please contact us. If you are not a sex worker, you will need to explain to us why we should take our time and staff resources away from sex workers, and put it towards you. Due to the sheer volume of researchers approaching SWOP, we are unable to grant all requests, even from those who have worked in the sex industry.