Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Looking for Study Participants: Sex Work, Motherhood, and the Family

Letter of Invitation

Title: Sex Work, Motherhood, and the Family

Ethics Clearance for the Collection of Data Expires: August 30th, 2016

Dear TNT subscriber,

My name is Lauren Gravis and I am an Undergraduate student in the Criminology Department at Carleton University. I am working on a research project under the supervision of Prof. Rebecca Bromwich.

I am writing to you today to invite you to participate in a study on Sex Work, Motherhood, and the Family. This study aims to discover how the Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act impacts the institution of the family; specifically mother sex workers and their children. This study will also seek to assess the role of the woman as both a mother and/or wife and as a sex worker and the legal and societal impacts on these roles. Benefits to the participant will include that they will be able to have their voice heard, gain a sense of empowerment, and the opportunity to contribute to broader social understandings in the area of motherhood and sex work.

This study involves one 30 minute interview that will take place in a mutually convenient, safe location in person, as a phone call, or on Skype in that same location. With your consent, interviews will be audio-recorded. Once the recording has been transcribed, the audio-recording will be destroyed.

While this project does involve some professional and emotional risks, care will be taken to protect your identity. This will be done by keeping all responses anonymous and allowing you to request that certain responses not be included in the final project. Resources will be given to participants at the beginning of the interview and participants will be able to self-identify their level of emotional distress with the researcher.

You will have the right to end your participation in the study at any time, for any reason, up until February 28th, 2016. If you choose to withdraw, all the information you have provided will be destroyed.

As a token of appreciation for your involvement in this study, you will be provided with an honorarium of $20 for the interview. This honorarium will be given to you after the interview has finished and will be handed to you in cash if you are doing an in person interview. If you are a distance/phone participant the honorarium will be sent to you by e-transfer to your preferred email address, or sent in the mail to your advocacy centre by cheque.

All research data, including audio-recordings and any notes will be encrypted. Any hard copies of data (including any handwritten notes or USB keys) will be kept in a locked cabinet at Carleton University. Research data will only be accessible by the researcher and the research supervisor.

  • Women or transgender men who have had children
  • Experience working in the sex industry (diverse genres included)
  • Must be over the age of 18 years
  • Must be living and working in Canada (past or present)

If you would like to participate in this research project, or have any questions, please contact me at or my research supervisor at 613-520-2600 x. 2082.

The ethics protocol for this project was reviewed by the Carleton University Research Ethics Board, which provided clearance to carry out the research. Should you have questions or concerns related to your involvement in this research, please contact:

CUREB contact information:
Professor Louise Heslop, Chair (CUREB-A)
Professor Andy Adler, Vice-Chair
Carleton University Research Ethics Board
Carleton University
511 Tory
1125 Colonel By Drive
Ottawa, ON K1S 5B6
Tel: 613-520-2517


Lauren Gravis

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