The impact of laws and policing on sex workers’ lives



The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine is a world leading centre for research and postgraduate education in public and global health. Our team members work in the Department of Social and Environmental Health Research which integrates environmental, social and policy issues at international, national and local levels. General research interests and strengths of the department include sex workers’ health, LGBT health, drugs and harm reduction, sexual and reproductive health, globalisation, environmental change, history and health, spatial analysis, transport, and HIV.


The University of York is a world-leading UK university whose Sociology department (TEAM: Maggie O’Neill) is ranked 1st in the UK  for research quality by the recent major Research Excellence Framework review (REF 2014).

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Homerton Sexual Health Services (HSHS) is the expert agency in Hackney for all aspects of advice, diagnosis, treatment, care, prevention, training and research for sexual health, reproductive health, sexually transmitted infections and HIV.  It incorporates the Open Doors sex worker project and have a critical interface with Young People’s Services and Termination of Pregnancy services. It houses the Centre for Study of Sexual Health and HIV (CSSHH) which collaborates with university departments primary care, patient organisations and the pharmaceutical industry to deliver robust evidence that can be incorporated into transformational organisational changes in  clinical practice to improve outcomes.


Open Doors is a specialist health and social support service, providing outreach and clinical services, for sex workers in East London, affiliated with Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

National Ugly Mugs is a pioneering, national organisation which provides greater access to justice and protection for sex workers who are often targeted by dangerous individuals but are frequently reluctant to report these incidents to the police.

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Barts Health NHS Trust provides healthcare to around 2.5 million people living in east London from four major London hospitals (The Royal London, St Bartholomew’s, Whipps Cross and Newham) and a number of community locations, including Mile End hospital.


The University of Bristol is one of the world’s top 50 universities and a leading institution in the UK. Team members work in the Infection and Immunity Research Network whose research involves the interface between disease, immunity and human populations.

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Imperial College London is one of the world’s top 10 universities. Team members from Imperial work in the Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology, one of Europe’s largest specialist infectious disease academic departments.

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