What is Spaces?

  • SPACES stands for Sex, Power, Agency, Consent, Environment & Safety and is a research study about people of all genders who are involved in the off-street sex industry in Vancouver as service providers (sex workers), clients and third party facilitators and support staff. This study aims to help us better understand how the physical, organizational and managerial contexts of the off-street work environment interact to affect the health and safety of sex workers in Vancouver. We hope to develop knowledge that allows us to make recommendations for addressing self-governance and informing public health interventions dedicated to improving the health and safety of sex industry workers.