The East London Project – Important UK Research

The East London Project is a research project looking at how removing sex work-related police enforcement could affect sex workers’ safety, health and access to services. The results will be used to fight for laws, policies and services that protect sex workers’ safety, health and rights, across London and the UK.

The team: we are a group of researchers led by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, including current and former sex workers, working in collaboration with Open Doors (an NHS sex worker support service) and National Ugly Mugs. You can read more about the research here:

Who: If you are a sex worker, working in Hackney, Newham or Tower Hamlets, we would value your participation.

How: We are asking people to take part in a survey online, or on a tablet computer with a member of our research team. All information is treated as strictly confidential and anonymous. We are also looking for a small number of people to participate in a separate 60-minute interview. If you’re interested in taking part in either the survey or interview, please contact

Benefits: We will give you £20 to thank you for taking part. We will also offer you free and confidential testing (online or in-person) for HIV, chlamydia and gonorrhoea, and access to treatment if needed. We will give you information about organisations that provide support on safety, health and rights, and we can put you in contact with them if you want.


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