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Beyond the Gaze: Launch Event  #BtGlaunch2018

Beyond the Gaze: Launch Event #BtGlaunch2018


A one day conference event to launch findings of the Beyond the Gaze (BtG) research project, the largest study to date of UK internet based sex work in the UK. Participants will hear from a wide range of expert speakers from: academia, sex work community, policy, health and social care practice, take part in workshops linked to the research findings and have the opportunity to hear about several new resources based on Beyond the Gaze.

#BtGlaunch2018 will take place from 9.30-4.30, 23rd January 2018 at the Hacienda Suite, Holiday Inn Hotel, Manchester City Centre, Manchester.

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Come along to this exciting event - the launch of the comprehensive findings from the Beyond the Gaze (BtG) participatory action research project, the largest study to date of UK internet based sex work in the UK. The project carried out by researchers at the Universities of Leicester and Strathclyde has been looking at how online and digital technology has impacted on the sex industry and at the working conditions, safety and regulation of internet based sex work in the UK. It has also explored how outreach and health services working with sex workers have responded to the needs of this sector and identified good practice.   The event will be of interest to practitioners in a range of fields for example health, human rights, social care, sex work outreach and support projects, sexual violence services, criminal justice, police and many others. It will also be of interest to people working in the sex industry, policy makers, academics and researchers.

Where and when:

Date: The event is taking place on 23rd January 2018.

At: The Hacienda Suite, Holiday Inn Manchester City Centre, 25 Aytoun Street Manchester, M1 3AE.

Time: Registration plus coffee and smoothies opens at 9.15 am with conference start at 10am and close at 4.30 pm.



The aims of  this event are:

  • To bring together sex workers, sex work projects, sex worker rights organisations, health practitioners, other practitioners, policy makers, academics/researchers, and other stakeholders to share knowledge and learn more about online sex work in the UK. 
  • To showcase the comprehensive findings from BtG during the final dissemination and impact year of the project. 
  • To launch several resources produced by BtG

There will be a wide range of presentations and workshop all related to internet based sex work, presented not only by the research team but a wide range of speakers. Speakers confirmed to date include:

  • Professor Teela Sanders (Principal Investigator, University of Leicester), Professor Jane Scoular - (Lead Investigator BtG Uni of Strathclyde), Matt Valentine-Chase (Researcher BTG, Leicester University), Dr Rosie Campbell (Researcher BtG, University of Leicester), Kathleen Hill (Researcher BtG, University of Leicester), Stewart Cunningham (Researcher BTG, University of Strathclyde), Dr Jane Pitcher (Researcher BTG, University of Strathclyde).
  • Laura Lee - sex worker rights campaigner.
  • Charlotte Rose - sex worker, sexual trainer & campaigner.
  • Representatives from Sex Workers Opera
  • A representative from SAAFE escort website and forum
  • Plus further speakers and contributors from sex worker led rights organisations, sex worker forums, sex work projects, National Ugly Mugs and police.

Delegates will have the opportunity to take part in a range of workshops linked to the findings of Beyond the Gaze for example safety and online sex work, good practice guidance for working with online sex workers.


If you attend you will amongst many other things:

  • Hear about findings from the largest surveys of UK online sex workers and customers who purchase services within the online sector.
  • Learn what the online sex work terrain looks like in the UK- the types of online spaces which make up the sector. 
  • See the new short film informed by findings from BtG in which internet based sex workers speak about working in the online sector, their use online technology in their work & dealing with and challenging stigma.
  • Learn from sex workers how online technology shapes their working lives including marketing, safety, professional networking, peer support & activism.
  • Learn what are the key issues related to work related crime for workers in the online sector.
  • Hear how police forces are approaching the policing of online se work.
  • Discuss 'Good practice guidance for working with online sex workers' including netreach approaches produced by NUM & Beyond the Gaze and hear  case studies from projects working with people in the  online sector.
  • Learn about a new safety info resource for sex workers and projects working with the sex work community.
  • Access a range of briefings summarising findings from various aspects of the BtG research.
  • Hear from sex worker led rights groups and sex workers about the legal situation in the UK and how it impacts on sex workers.

Conference fees

This is a not-for-profit event, fees are being charged to cover event costs

Early Bird NGO/Third Sector/PhD students (booked before or on 1st December 2017) places - £75

Early Bird Statutory & employed university academics/researchers (booked before or on 1st December 2017) – £140

NGO/Third Sector/PhD students (booked after 1st December 2017) – £85

Statutory & employed university academics/researchers (booked after 1st December 2017) – 25 places £150

The free places available for sex workers have been taken, BUT if you are a sex worker and would like to attend, please contact: Dr Rosie Campbell on rosie.campbell@leicester.ac.uk to discuss a reduced rate for sex workers.

N.B. Event registration is by invitation and you will need a password to register. To contact the organisers about an invitation email rosie.campbell@leicester.ac.uk Please note you your place won’t be guaranteed until you have received formal confirmation from the conference organisers.


What does the fee include?

As well as participation in the event the fee includes drinks on arrival, mid-morning refreshments, three course restaurant lunch buffet, afternoon refreshments and a conference pack. Free wifi is available at the event.

Accommodation: the conference fee does not include accommodation. number of rooms are available for delegates at a reduced rate of £109 for single occupancy and £119 for double occupancy at the Holiday Inn Manchester City Centre. Contact 01604 931560 to book rooms at this rate.

Access for wheelchair users: the conference is taking place on the basement floor which is accessible to wheelchair users via the lift. All rooms being used as part of the event have access for wheelchair users but do not have automatic doors, but we will have mobility assistants available on the day.

Refund policy: No refund.

Follow BtG on Twitter @BeyondtheGaze  Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/Beyond-the-Gaze-1496497424002122/  


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