Page 1: Participant information sheet

This study seeks to understand how and in what ways Adult Services Websites (ASWs) can (knowingly or unknowingly) facilitate sexual exploitation, modern slavery and human trafficking (MSHT) abuses towards vulnerable people. The overall aim of the research is to engage with this important crime prevention issue. 

The project is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and the Modern Slavery Policy and Evidence Centre. More information on the project can be found here. The PI for the project is Professor Teela Sanders at the University of Leicester.

This research project will use an online survey and interviews to understand how ASWs can facilitate exploitation and how they and the people who use them can become part of the prevention and safeguarding mechanisms and reporters of crimes.  

This survey is for Adult Service website consumers living and/or working in the UK who use the Internet to purchase sexual services. It asks about:

  • your opinions on adult service websites,
  • your experiences identifying exploitation and harms,
  • barriers to reporting and,
  • your view on the criminalisation or regulation of ASWs

The results of this research will be used to inform policy and practice in order to improve safeguarding and regulatory conditions for sex workers and purchasers on adult service websites so they are safe spaces for all. 

Your contribution to this research is most welcome. Your results are anonymous and no identifying features are collected. The survey should take no more than 10-15 minutes to complete. Please complete the survey in one sitting, as if you leave it you will not be able to save your answers and resume the survey at another time. 

If you have any questions about the survey, or the wider project, please contact Rachel Keighley by email at