BeyondtheGaze

Help us with important research - customer survey

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Hi PunternetMembers!

If you're a customer of escorts who advertise on line or via apps or you purchase webcamming services or are a customer of a professional dominatrix please think about helping us out & contribute to an important study of internet based sex work. The research project ‘Beyond the Gaze’ is the largest study to date of internet based sex work/adult entertainment and is being carried out by an experienced team of researchers at Leicester and Strathclyde Universities, who have many years experience of carrying out research with people working in adult services/sex industry including their customers.

It is a legitimate and important UK wide study which is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council and is exploring the use of online and digital technologies in the sex industry. Go to our website to find out more about the research and the team who are carrying it out http://beyond-the-gaze.com/ or follow us on twitter: @BeyondtheGaze.  As part of this research we are seeking the views and experiences of customers through an online survey which should take no longer than 10-15 minutes.  The survey does not collect any identifying information, it is completely anonymous, has permission from the University ethics committee and we work within strict ethical guidelines to protect the privacy and anonymity all people taking part in our research.

Please go to the survey at the following link; https://leicester.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/customersbeyondthegaze

The survey is open until 31st August 2016. We’d really value you input! Thanks for considering this and hopefully for taking part. We really do appreciate that we are relying on the good will of people who take part and are giving their time for free to help us!

If you would like more information about the survey or the wider project feel free to contact: Professor Teela Sanders on tlms1@leicester.ac.uk or Stewart Cunningham on stewart.cunningham@strath.ac.uk. Teela has done research with customers in the past and really appreciated their input, we think it is really important they are included in this research.

If you're an escort please spread the word about the research. So far lots of escorts have helped us out by taking part in interviews that we have carried out and later in the year there will be a survey for escorts and others advertising or working on line in the adult entertainment sectors. So look out for that!

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I've answered the survey. The questions were intelligent (but not too demanding) and I enjoyed answering them.

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43 minutes ago, Carnival said:

I've answered the survey. The questions were intelligent (but not too demanding) and I enjoyed answering them.

Me too  - I agree. 

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Hi Carnival and Moonraker

Thanks a lot for the feedback.  Really glad to hear you enjoyed answering the questions and found the survey intelligent.  Also happy to hear it's not too demanding as we want to make this as easy and straightforward for people to complete as possible.  We really appreciate you giving up your time to do this. 

All the best

Stewart, Research Assistant

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A bit of feedback, some of the questions are a bit misleading/confused:

30 Are you concerned about using your real name in online interactions with sex workers? 

I'm not concerned because I never do, but would never share my real name and phone number with SWs

Are you actually asking about the level of concern about personal details being exposed or whether measures are taken that prevent such details being available.

Also: 

27 How important to you is it to know about the sex worker's real life and identity? 

An odd question, though how many escorts would accept a booking on the pre-condition that I know their identity. 

Regards

Guy

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1 hour ago, ContentGuy said:

A bit of feedback, some of the questions are a bit misleading/confused:

30 Are you concerned about using your real name in online interactions with sex workers? 

I'm not concerned because I never do, but would never share my real name and phone number with SWs

Are you actually asking about the level of concern about personal details being exposed or whether measures are taken that prevent such details being available.

Also: 

27 How important to you is it to know about the sex worker's real life and identity? 

An odd question, though how many escorts would accept a booking on the pre-condition that I know their identity. 

Regards

Guy

This issue is rather more complex than it might appear at first sight.  I use a separate phone, but I do know other punters that use their standard phone.  In theory that need not be a problem and I've never had a problem with WGs trying to contact me inappropriately.  My concern with maintaining anonymity stems more from the fact that the security of any information I disclose to a WG might be breached if for example she has her bag or phone stolen.  Such things do happen and it has happened to a WG whom I used to visit.

 

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11 minutes ago, TheVicar said:

This issue is rather more complex than it might appear at first sight.  I use a separate phone, but I do know other punters that use their standard phone.  In theory that need not be a problem and I've never had a problem with WGs trying to contact me inappropriately.  My concern with maintaining anonymity stems more from the fact that the security of any information I disclose to a WG might be breached if for example she has her bag or phone stolen.  Such things do happen and it has happened to a WG whom I used to visit.

 

That's why I try to minimise the amount of sensitive information I exchange via texts and confine personally identifying information as much as possible to exchanges via the AW secure email system, which requires a user name and password login.

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Hi ContentGuy, thanks for the feedback on those questions.  We will definitely take that on board.  We are interested both in your levels of concern about personal details being exposed and as a result what measures you take.  I can see how that question doesn't really capture all of that - sometimes so difficult to get the wording of questions spot on.  Appreciate you taking the time to fill it in.

Thanks Carnival and TheVicar for continuing the conversation.  Really good points you both make.

Cheers, Stewart

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I've answered this having found it elsewhere, and I've put a link to the survey, and to Beyond The Gaze, on yet another board. It strikes me as being worth a few minutes of our time, gents.

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I have completed the survey. Generally no issue with the questions except the wording which have been highlighted already.

Think it's important we support these studies to ensure that there is more real data supporting discussions - most publicity is around the topics "forced prostitution, prostitution & drugs & violence" and ignores consentual activities.

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I have also completed the survey. I did not have any difficulty with the questions but they went into more depth than I expected, which was a good thing.

I welcome the type of research carried out professionally by reputable academics. Punting has changed dramatically, since I started 20 years ago, mostly due to the Internet and the mobile phones. Much of the discourse, on both sides of this controversial area, is based on outdated assumptions and up-to-date research is very welcome.

I hope the survey results will be published here for us to read, and critique

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Thanks pabulum, pythagoras and Dave451 for completing the survey and for your supportive comments.  When we are at the stage of disseminating the results of the study we will definitely post links here for you to read.

Also just wanted to let everyone know that we've extended the deadline for completing the survey to 30th September 2016 so it would be great if you continue spreading the word and encouraging people to complete it.

Thanks a lot

Stewart, Research Assistant

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I replied. When are the results out?

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1 hour ago, Lessingham said:

I replied. When are the results out?

The deadline to respond to the survey has been extended to 31st October.

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Out of interest, why is the extension date......been extended.

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I suspect it is because they have not got enough responses from Punternet, UKpunting or any other punter forum they advertised on. Apart from number of responses there is a big problem of representativeness of the sample. The forums are home to the hobbyists who may well not be representative of punters as a whole-even those who respond to the survey may not be representative of those who look at or post on these boards.

I have often seen comments on SAAFE for instance that many clients are unaware of these forums, or even of AW (finding WGs via Viva street, Backpage, google search for escorts in a particular area-which might turn up the escorts own website) and so such clients may be totally unaware of punting forums and miss being surveyed.

I guess a way to check for representation might be to use contacts amongst escorts to quiz punters and see if the results are consistent with the data they get from surveying hobbyists directly.

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I've completed the survey.

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On 17/09/2016 at 2:41 PM, Softee said:

I've completed the survey.

and me ...  whilst this hobby (consensual punting) remains legal (which I think it should) it is best that we (society at large & the authorities) are as informed about it as possible about it. So, surveys like this should be encouraged.

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Hi there

Just popping back in to check the thread.  Yip well spotted Carnival - the deadline for the survey has been extended again to 31st October 2016.  We are keen to make sure we get as large and comprehensive a sample as possible.  Thanks again to everyone who has completed the survey so far.  We really appreciate it. 

And those who haven't if you've got a spare ten minutes it would be great to get your perspective as well.

Thanks a lot,

Stewart, Research Assistant

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You might be interested in seeing the results from the Wellcome trust funded survey of internet based sex workers carried out by the same group. It is available here: https://uknswp.org/um/uploads/Welcome-Trust-Working-conditions-and-job-satisfaction-survey.pdf

Of course the survey cannot be representative of all WGs (Street, Sauna etc) and these categories may be under represented. Also the survey method used would tend to over -represent those who are members of Ugly Mugs and who are the more “career” type prostitutes. You can see this for instance in some of the data –so for instance the graph of “length of time sex working” is very different that data culled from Adult work-where turnover of profiles is much more rapid. This suggests the survey does not capture  those who are in prostitution for a short while (visiting EE girls for instance) or those who find prostitution is not for them.

Some data I would like to see broken down more-so for instance on p19 there is a graph of “Number of clients per week”-most of the respondents see  1-10 clients. I suspect that many of these are in the 1-5 category-based on the SAAFE thread (http://www.saafe.info/main/index.php?topic=6960.0) but I could be wrong.

Anyway-the survey is a good read-I don’t know when it will be properly written up

 

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On the UKP site the survey person Rosie says "Just wanted to post to let UKP members know the survey close date has been extended to 31st October 2016!  We've had a really good response with just over 1000 responses to date." But the more the better.
 

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Thanks Bobbles. Some of the stats seem to conflict (concern about violence vs actual experience of it) but reading it was a good use of my time.

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filled IN.

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