The Influence of Time to Negotiate on Control in Sex Worker-Client Interactions

Chris Atchison, Cecilia Benoit, Patrick Burnett, Mikael Jansson, Mary Clare Kennedy, Nadia Ouellet, and Dalia Vukmirovich

This large, Canadian research explores the perceived control and power within interactions between sex workers and their clients. Sex workers and clients report that most of their interactions are free of conflict and are characterised by relatively symmetrical dynamics of control and power. The ability to negotiate over the terms and conditions of the commercial sexual services offered and sought before meeting in person is linked to workers feeling more control over condom use and feeling more empowered compared to those whose first encounter with clients is face-to-face. This ability to clearly advertise services allows workers to more explicitly state what is and is not being offered so that there is less confusion over expectations, something  that most clients appear to appreciate  and desire for themselves.

This article was published as part of Research for Sex Work 14: Sex Work is Work. Contents include:

  • Conceptualising sex work
  • Study and results
  • Summary

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