methodology

Trials and Tribulations of HIV Prevention Research

A news story, from PlusNews, that explores why South African women have volunteered in their thousands to participate in clinical trials for microbicides. It also explains why they might drop out of the study before its completion.

Sex work research: methodological and ethical challenges

An article by  Shaver FM. in the Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 2005; 20; 296.

Can health programmes lead to mistreatment of sex workers?

An article by  Loff B., Longo P. and Overs C. in The Lancet, Volume 361, Issue 9373, Pages 1982 - 1983, 7 June 2003.

Ethical Challenges in Conducting Research with Sex Workers: An annotated bibliography

An annotated bibliography produced by Project Parivartan.

The purpose of this literature search was to explore ethical concerns in researching sex workers, especially sex workers who were victims of crime, such as statutory rape and rape, trafficking and sexual slavery, and violence. (author's summary)

Is the number of trafficked call girls a myth?

A news story from the BBC's radio programme about mathematics, More or Less, which examined the validity of the data upon which British plans to criminalise paying for sex with a prostitute who has been trafficked or is marketed by a pimp. In this article Ruth Alexander questions how the scope of the current problem is calculated. 

History

We formed our partnership in 2008. The idea for the Paulo Longo Research Initiative (PLRI) arose among activists, policy advocates and academics who were frustrated by the quality of information on sex work available. Although there are many excellent books, essays and studies about sex work – including several by sex workers – a great deal of scholarship on sex work is misguided and stigmatizing. Sex workers frequently complain that much of what is written about them reflects prejudices and myths rather than the reality of their lives.
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