FAQ

This section will expand as we identify more “frequently asked questions” and answer them for you here. 

Please email annie@nakedtruth.ca with any questions you may have that we do not answer here. 

Submissions of questions with answers from sex workers and allies are also appreciated.

Frequently Asked Questions about The *NEW* Naked Truth coming soon!


What does it mean to Get Certified?

Trade Secrets Certification:
  • Brings occupational health and safety to our industry;
  • Gives us access to health and safety resources, should we need them;
  • Shows us how we can prevent some of the risks associated with our industry;
  • Protects sex workers, the places where where we work, and clients from the blanket enforcement actions of the past. (We have already been working hard and will continue to build awareness among police and municipal licensing staff about the Trade Secrets Certification program);
  • Ensures businesses and sex workers know how to work in an ethical, healthy, and safe manner;
  • Ensures sex workers are legal age to work in the sex industry;
  • Gives clients a way to demonstrate that they are safe and respectful when booking for the first time;
  • Teaches clients about the industry and how they can participate in the industry effectively and respectfully.

Why Get Certified?

There are many reasons to get your Trade Secrets Certification.

The Bigger Picture...
  • Self-regulation of our own industry
  • Essential health and safety education for new sex workers and a great refresher for veterans
  • Easier for sex workers to screen clients
  • Easier for clients to screen sex workers
  • Legitimizes our businesses in the eyes of outside agencies
  • Increases our health and safety knowledge and enables us to share our expertise
  • Enables third-party investigation of complaints and third-party advocacy on behalf of sex workers and clients without disclosing identities

Access to The Naked Truth Benefits...
  • $50 credit to put towards your ad(s) when you get certified
  • Access to private, certified-member only forums
  • Access to private, certified-member only client screening tools
  • Ability to “Recommend” other certified sex workers and clients
  • Referral credit of $25 to put towards your ad(s) whenever you refer someone to get certified
  • Every time you upgrade an ad, it will automatically appear in the “Certified” listings – a separate page where clients can browse for sex workers who are Trade Secrets Certified
  • Complaints about certified members will be investigated and may result in suspension and/or termination of certification ensuring the integrity of the program

Other reasons...

  • We will be fine-tuning and improving our certification process over time based on feedback from you.
  • We will work to ensure clients are aware of the benefits of seeing a Certified Provider and to increase your earning potential. 
  • Our ongoing ad campaign to raise awareness of The Naked Truth and what getting certified means will build trust and integrity in our industry.
  • Certification is also for business owners. Many business operators are ethical and could benefit from being certified. 
  • Clients will know you are safe and sex workers who are looking for a safe place to work will know too.

Do I have to be Certified to use this site or place an ad?

You do NOT have to be certified to use this site! But it will help others know you are safe and trained. And it will enable sex workers to earn credits to put towards ads and upgrades.
 

How hard is it to become certified?

We are endeavoring to make certification as low barrier as possible. 

It is completely free and we offer unlimited support. 

SW's will be verified through being vouched for by SW orgs, other certified sw's, and an option to submit ID if they have no access to someone to vouch for them. ID info will be deleted immediately.

Our goal is to ensure that no one is excluded. 

There will be varying costs including credits for signing up and getting certified.

We're looking at "subsidizing" ads for members in crisis. 

If you experience any issues or challenges during certification, please let us know! 

That is how we learn and improve. 

Feedback from you and others will help us to resolve those issues.

How much personal info from Sex Workers do you require?

For most sex workers, they will simply need a sex worker organization or another certified sex worker to vouch for them. 

For others, ID can be submitted, or we can conduct a Skype chat, something to verify their age and involvement in sex work. 

ID will be deleted immediately upon verification and never stored.


How exactly you are ‘working with’ law enforcement? 

Police are not involved in any aspect of the site or certification. 

We only want them to acknowledge and respect certified workers; think twice about how they respond to complaints when they know a business owner is certified. 

No one's info is being given to police, it's the opposite...

TNT would know you are of age, and that is the end of it. 

Susan Davis has been working with police towards non-enforcement for over 10 years on the VPD committee, Living in Community, and the City of Vancouver Task Force.

The Vancouver Police Department (VPD) have agreed to recognize the certificate as proof sex workers are of legal age to work in the industry.


This is particularly good for indoor brothel and parlour workers who are often asked to present their ID when police attend to investigate complaints. This way they would not have to show ID. 

The certificate would be enough to prove they are of age to engage in sex work. 

No real names would need to be shown to police and for migrant sex workers, their immigration status or status as a foreign national would be protected.

Currently we are able to call the Vancouver police and talk with them about concerns or questions and they are forthcoming. They support the certification program we are implementing and there is hope that we can make the same kinds of inroads with other police departments in BC.

The goal is a safer industry with less enforcement and more self regulation. 

Something like this can't happen overnight and it needs widespread efforts, not the efforts of one small group. 

This is certainly a lofty dream, but we believe in it and we're going to give it a shot. 

The City of Vancouver has also agreed to recognize the certification as meeting business license requirements.

We hope to educate city inspectors to prevent malicious complaints and interruption in work of indoor work spaces.


How much access do the police have? 

The police have no access. Even if we are subpoenaed to submit our info, identity information will have been destroyed, protecting our members from being outed.


Were marginalised groups of sex workers consulted in this process?

We've worked with marginalized sex workers including POC, indigenous, male, trans, indoor, outdoor, and different genres. 

These plans have been under development for 10 years.
 
And we will continue to improve the site for all members based on feedback we receive from you.


Frequently Asked Questions About Canada's Laws VS. What TNT Promotes

 

What is the difference between legalization and decriminalization?


In a legalized environment, many sex workers would still be criminalized because they would be unable to live up to the expectations regulating their work. For instance, we may not be able to afford a license. If we work without a license, we are breaking the law.

In a decriminalized environment, sex workers conduct our business in the same way any other independent consultant does – depending on our situation, we may work out of our own homes or through agencies.

We engage in our capitalist society in the same way as everyone else in our income bracket.

The difference is that we can work without fear of arrest or being “outed” to our families.

We can take safety precautions that are difficult and sometimes impossible in a legalized or criminalized environment.

The Naked Truth is working with police to promote a decriminalized environment despite the harmful laws.

We've succeeded in showing one police department that enforcement is killing us and we need to build our relationships with police rather than live in fear of them.

Their commitment to non-enforcement led to a 10 year span of no sex workers being murdered in Vancouver.

These results and have led to a province-wide non-enforcement policy being adopted by police in British Columbia.

Why is criminalizing clients of sex workers bad?


Common sense tells us when we make someone's customers into criminals, it affects the “seller” negatively.

Sex workers, understandably, want to protect our customers because our customers bring the money to the transaction.

Sex industry work is WORK.

Sex industry workers consider what we do to be our “jobs” or “businesses.” The fact that the work involves an intimate experience does not make it a non-job.

Nursing is a job that requires very intimate interactions with clients, yet it is not stigmatized like sex work, so no one blinks an eye.

When customers are criminalized, they fear arrest and all the humiliation that comes with it; therefore, they are reluctant to share their real names or call from unblocked numbers. This puts sex workers at risk because we cannot screen our customers as effectively.

Street-based sex workers have to work in dark, isolated areas so our customers don't get picked up by police. We have to jump in the car before discussing the transaction or checking out the car, also creating unnecessary risk.

Another very good reason why clients should not be criminalized is because they are in the privileged position of witnessing exploitation in the sex industry.

If they are criminalized, they are unlikely to report suspicious or exploitative circumstances to authorities.

Clients are our best allies to expose sex trafficking and child sexual exploitation. We should be making it easy and safe for them to report it when they see it.

What is “The Nordic Model” approach to sex work?


“The Nordic Model” is named for Sweden because they were the first country to have laws that criminalize clients of sex workers, as well as laws that continue to criminalize sex workers.

The Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act (PCEPA) in Canada is a copycat of the Swedish Model with some dashes of purely Canadian human rights violations to add flavour.

Interestingly, in Sweden, the criminalization of clients is a so-called “feminist” construct; whereas, in Canada, it is a "religious right" construct. Another case of SWERFs and religious moralists sharing ideologies.


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