The Sex Work Project

Sex Work Research Wales (SWRW) was a four year research project, funded by the Big Lottery. The project was led by Gibran UK in partnership with Swansea University.

This sex worker support project was the first of its kind in Wales and aimed to:
  • locate all forms of sex work in Wales, setting a baseline for future research
  • engage with sex workers and identify the needs of sex workers
  • share areas of good practice
The voices of sex workers, the community and stakeholders have been brought to light throughout the project, demonstrating key findings and putting forward recommendations that address the needs of the sex work community across Wales.
  • Over 100 sex workers contributed to the body of knowledge
  • 200 agencies and organisations across Wales took part
  • 58 residents and businesses participated
  • 10 peer researchers made up part of the team.
The project was independently evaluated by Empower SVS. We hope that the evidence will advance the knowledge and have a positive influence for policy makers, stakeholders and front line practitioners.
‘So you think you know me’*

The Sex Work Research Wales team commissioned a film project to breathe life into the stories of the women and men who shared their experiences with us. ‘So you think you know me’ is a series of short docu-dramas that are based on true stories using the real content and dialogue of the participants involved within the research. *All of the characters are played by actors to protect the anonymity of the original participants.


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