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Laura Lee

Northern Ireland - Research Request

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Hi all, 
Dr. Susann Huschke of Queen's University in Belfast is doing a study of the sex industry in Northern Ireland. This has been commissioned by the Department of Justice so that there is a detailed understanding of the sex industry. 

Dr. Huschke and her team are looking to interview people that either pay for or sell sexual services in Northern Ireland and this information will be invaluable towards this research. Please find below all the necessary information and please do feel free to contact Dr. Huschke should you have any further questions. 

Please do pass on this information to anyone that you think may be able to contribute towards this research; any contributions would be appreciated by the research team.

Thank you.  :) 

What is this about?

We are doing research on the sex industry in Northern Ireland. The project was commissioned by the Department of Justice and aims to provide a detailed understanding of the sex industry (i.e. who sells which services where and why, and to whom). The findings from the may be used to inform policy and debate within Northern Ireland.

How can you help?

We are looking for people to interview – both people who sell and who buy sex. All interviews are anonymous and confidential. We don’t need to know your real name. If we use quotes or information from the interview in the report we will write, they will be anonymized so that that your are not identified.

Who are we?

We are a team of researchers based at Queen’s University Belfast and at the National University of Ireland in Galway. Most of the interviews will be undertaken by Susann Huschke. If you would prefer to be interviewed by a male researcher, this can be arranged.

What’s in it for you?

You will not be paid to participate in this research project. The interviews are important in terms of informing debate and giving voice to those who sell and pay for sex. This is an opportunity for you to have your voice, experience and issues heard. You are free to not answer questions that make you uncomfortable, and to withdraw from the study at any stage (we will then not use the interview in any material that we produce).

Are there other ways of participating?

At a later stage, we will also be doing a survey which can be filled out online anonymously. Both the interviews and the survey are essential and important parts of the study, if you are interested in taking part in one or the other, or both, or if you have any further questions, please contact me via email:

Dr Susann Huschke
Queen’s University Belfast
Phone: +44(0) 28 9097 5155
The SURVEY FOR CLIENTS (people who pay for sexual services) is available in English here:


The SURVEY FOR SEX WORKERS/ESCORTS is available in English and 9 other languages here:



Bulgarian/ български:






Russian/ ру́сский:


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